Posts Tagged ‘Catechesis on the Family’

Pope Francis: Eat with your family, not with your smartphone

(CNA/EWTN News) For Pope Francis the dinner table is a key place to strengthen family bonds and foster a sense of “togetherness,” which he said can often be thwarted by an excess attachment to technology. “A family that almost never eats together, or that never speaks at the table but looks at the television or the smartphone, is hardly a family,” the Pope said November 11.
Publish date: 2015 - 11 - 11

Pope Francis: We cannot live without forgiveness, especially in the family

(CNA/EWTN News) Delivering his Wednesday general audience address a little more than a week after the close of the Synod on the Family, Pope Francis spoke on the role of forgiveness in helping families become a force for the betterment of society. “The practice of forgiveness not only preserves families from division,” but allows them to aid society in becoming “less evil and cruel,” the Pope said during his November 4 weekly audience address in St. Peter's Square.
Publish date: 2015 - 11 - 5

Pope Francis: Freedom and fidelity are not opposed to each other

(CNA/EWTN News) Pope Francis on Wednesday said that contrary to modern notions, fidelity in marriage does not rob us of personal freedom but instead is a fundamental attribute of all human relationships based on love. “Freedom and fidelity are not opposed to each other,” the Pope said in his latest catechesis on the family, delivered […]
Publish date: 2015 - 10 - 22

Pope Francis: It is crucial to protect a child’s natural inclination to trust in God’s love

(CNA/EWTN News) Pope Francis opened this Wednesday's general audience by apologizing for unspecified scandals that have recently arisen in the Vatican. Pope Francis did not specify the nature of the scandals in his catechesis. When asked by journalists which scandals were being implied, Holy See press office director Fr. Federico Lombardi said he would not speculate if the Pope himself did not. The central theme of Pope Francis' October 14 address pertained to “promises we make to children,” namely: those promises which affect children's expectations about life, their faith in human beings, and “their ability to understand God's name as a blessing.”
Publish date: 2015 - 10 - 15

Pope Francis: Families free us from the sea of loneliness and indifference

(CNA/EWTN News) Family rescues us from indifference and loneliness and teaches us the essentials of life, Pope Francis said – adding that as the family of God, the Church has the same role and must evaluate how to live this out.
Publish date: 2015 - 10 - 8

Pope Francis: God’s mercy is greater than any affliction, any conflict, any ideology

(CNA/EWTN News) Pope Francis reviewed his recent trip to Cuba and the United States during his General Audience on Wednesday, calling the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia the “culmination” of his apostolic visit.
Publish date: 2015 - 10 - 1

Pope Francis: Good families serve as a protection against evil

(CNA/EWTN News) Women have a special God-given role in protecting each generation against the evils of its time, Pope Francis said in characteristically off-the-cuff remarks during his weekly Wednesday general audience.
Publish date: 2015 - 9 - 17

Pope Francis to families: The Lord never arrives in a new family without performing some miracle

(CNA/EWTN News) Pope Francis Wednesday spoke of the bond which must exist between families and the Christian community, stressing that the Church, in following the Gospel, must always keep its doors open.
Publish date: 2015 - 9 - 11

Pope Francis: Knowledge of affection is the best gift of familial genius

(CNA/EWTN News) Encouraging families to hear God's word and to put it into practice, Pope Francis said Wednesday that the family, by being allied with God, is called to counteract the “desertification” found in today's cities.
Publish date: 2015 - 9 - 3

Pope Francis: Find time to pray and rediscover peace in the important things

(CNA/EWTN News) On Wednesday August 26, Pope Francis continued his weekly catechesis on the family, saying that parents have the responsibility to teach their children to pray. Delivering his address to pilgrims and visitors, gathered under the hot sun for the weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square, the pontiff stressed the importance of teaching children how to show love for God through prayer.
Publish date: 2015 - 8 - 27

Pope Francis: When work organizations take the family hostage, then we are sure that human society has begun to work against itself

(CNA/EWTN News) Pope Francis said Wednesday that work is something sacred, and called out those who abuse it by either contributing to the unemployment crisis, or refusing to work and in order to feed off the system.
Publish date: 2015 - 8 - 19

Pope Francis: True moments of celebration remind us that we are not slaves of work

(CNA/EWTN News) Moments of rest and celebration were the focal point of Pope Francis’ Wednesday general audience, during which he spoke out against a profit-centered mentality and encouraged families to live life at a more human pace.
Publish date: 2015 - 8 - 13

Pope Francis: Divorce and remarriage contradicts the sacrament, but Church always reaches out

(CNA/EWTN News) Echoing his predecessors on the need to care for divorced and remarried persons, Pope Francis said Christians should help these persons integrate into the community rather than treating them as though they are excommunicated.
Publish date: 2015 - 8 - 7

Pope Francis: Jesus substitutes the logic of buying with the logic of giving

(CNA/EWTN News) Jesus Christ’s miraculous multiplication of the loaves shows that he offers “fullness of life for hungry man,” Pope Francis said Sunday July 26. He encouraged everyone to offer what little they have to God so that God can multiply their gifts and good deeds.
Publish date: 2015 - 7 - 31

Pope Francis: The Church knows how to welcome and accept, especially those in need of great care

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Sunday (July 12) wrapped up his journey to Latin America by celebrating an open-air Mass at Nu Guazu outside Asuncion on the final day of his visit to Paraguay. In his homily at the Mass which was attended by hundreds of thousands of faithful including many from his native Argentina, the Pope stressed the importance of welcoming others, showing hospitality and warned about the evil of isolation which he said eats away at our life and makes us closed in on ourselves.
Publish date: 2015 - 7 - 17

Pope Francis: We cannot believe in God the Father without seeing a brother or sister in every person

(CNA/EWTN News) Arriving in Bolivia on July 8 Wednesday afternoon, Pope Francis greeted those waiting for him with the greeting “jallalla,” significant because it comes from the Quechua-Aymara languages of the nation's indigenous peoples. Francis used the phrase “Jallalla Bolivia” at the close of his July 8 speech of greeting to Bolivians at the airport of La Paz, the nation's administrative capital. In his address, the Pope noted the country’s rich cultural and ethnic diversity – it has 36 official languages beside Spanish, the largest of which is Quechua.
Publish date: 2015 - 7 - 10

Pope Francis: When parents hurt each other, the soul of the children suffers

(CNA/EWTN News) Family wounds that aren’t dealt with in a healthy and timely manner can have devastating effects on both spouses and children, Pope Francis has said, and encouraged wounded families to work toward healing without letting bitterness build up.
Publish date: 2015 - 6 - 25

Pope Francis: When you care for a sick family member, you are a ‘hidden hero’

During his weekly general audience, Pope Francis lauded families for the “hidden heroism” of caring for a sick loved one. “These are the heroes. This is heroism of the family!” the pontiff said during his June 6 catechesis.
Publish date: 2015 - 6 - 11

Pope Francis : War is the mother of poverty

Vatican City, Jun 3, 2015 / 03:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In his weekly general audience, Pope Francis lamented the suffering inflicted on families already struggling from poverty in countries torn by the “great predator” of war. “Truly, war is the 'mother of all poverty,' the pontiff said Wednesday, addressing the crowds in Saint Peter’s Square. “War impoverishes the family,” he said. It is “a great predator of lives, of souls, and of the most sacred and precious loved ones.”
Publish date: 2015 - 6 - 4

Message from Pope Francis : Love requires work – not just attraction or feelings, Pope tells couples

“Marriage, as a vocation from God, is not just a relationship based on attraction and feelings, of a moment, of something short. It requires a journey,” the Pope told pilgrims present in St. Peter’s Square for his May 27 general audience.
Publish date: 2015 - 5 - 28

Pope Francis: Come out of ‘exile’ and educate your children

In his general audience Pope Francis spoke of the essential role parents play in educating their children – a role he said has been usurped by so-called experts who have taken the place of parents and rendered them fearful of making any correction.
Publish date: 2015 - 5 - 22

Pope Francis: ‘May I,’ ‘thank you’ and ‘I’m sorry’ – their absence can cause cracks in the foundation of the family

(CNA/EWTN News) In his general audience Pope Francis focused on the concrete challenges families face in daily life, and said that simply remembering to be grateful and to apologize can go a long way in avoiding conflict.
Publish date: 2015 - 5 - 15

Pope Francis: A husband is to love his wife as Christ loved the Church

(CNA/EWTN News) Marriage is more than the wedding ceremony, the flowers, the dress, the photos, Pope Francis said in his weekly general audience: it is a participation in the Church's mission.
Publish date: 2015 - 5 - 7

Pope Francis: The most persuasive witness of the blessing of Christian marriage is the good life of Christian spouses and the family

(CNA/EWTN News) With the number of children raised in brokenness on the rise, young people view marriage as a path to failure – so Pope Francis says it’s time for Christians to restore faith in the family.
Publish date: 2015 - 4 - 30