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Family: A Domestic Church

Family: A Domestic Church

by: UCA News in Church Issues,

In our modern world (often hostile to religion), religious families are extremely important centers of living faith. They are “domestic churches” in which the parents are the first heralds of faith (Second Vatican Council). In the home, father, mother, and children exercise their baptismal priesthood in a privileged way.

Final Address by Pope Francis to the Synod on the Family

Final Address by Pope Francis to the Synod on the Family

by: Pope Francis in Church Issues,

There were moments of profound consolation listening to the testimony of true pastors, who wisely carry in their hearts the joys and the tears of their faithful people. Moments of consolation and grace and comfort hearing the testimonies of the families who have participated in the Synod and have shared with us the beauty and the joy of their married life.

Divorce divides the Synod

Divorce divides the Synod

by: Iacopo Scaramuzzi - Vatican Insider in Church Issues,

The Extraordinary Synod on the Family is tackling the issue of remarried divorcees head on. The Synod Fathers have been dealing with the issue—which had emerged occasionally in previous discussions—since Wednesday afternoon as they work their way through the Instrumentum Laboris, the Synod’s working document.

Let us pray for a new attitude to Catholics who divorce

Let us pray for a new attitude to Catholics who divorce

by: Cristina Odone - The Daily Telegraph in Church Issues,

It is rumoured that Pope Francis is ready to present his revolutionary take on divorce sooner than expected. What’s the big deal, non-Catholics must be asking? Cardinal Vincent Nichols, leader of Britain’s 4.5 million Catholics, is making noises about how his Church of “sinners” should show “mercy” to divorcees. He says there may have to be a “radical rethink” on the issue.

 Pope Francis anniversary: 'I've done things well. I've done things wrong'

Pope Francis anniversary: 'I've done things well. I've done things wrong'

by: Peter Stanford - The Telegraph in Church Issues,
Humble, magnanimous, a tornado of fresh air – the 'Francis Revolution’ is refilling churches and restoring Catholic pride. But, one year after his election, what do we really know of the man in the Vatican? Our writer went to the Pope’s Argentine home of Buenos Aires to meet the people who know him the best.
Ukraine's churches - Inspiring and confusing

Ukraine's churches - Inspiring and confusing

by: The Economist in Church Issues,

AMONG the most striking and inspiring images to emerge from the battle-scarred streets of Kiev have been photographs of priests, alone or in groups, standing between protestors and police, offering blessings, tending the wounded and praying over the dead. But who are exactly are these clerics?

The Bible has disappeared from our children's lives

The Bible has disappeared from our children's lives

by: Cristina Odone - The Daily Telegraph in Church Issues,

 Almost a third of children do not know their Adam from their Noah or that David slew Goliah. The Good Samaritan is a stranger and the Nativity just a Christmas play. The latest Bible Society findings prove that the West has erased its Christian heritage from public life.

Catholic identity must be clear, uncompromising, pope tells university

Catholic identity must be clear, uncompromising, pope tells university

by: Carol Glatz - Catholic News Service in Church Issues,

 Catholic universities must give "uncompromising" and "unambiguous" witness to church teaching and defend themselves from all efforts to dilute their Catholic identity, Pope Francis said. Catholic universities, "by their very nature, are committed to demonstrating the harmony of faith and reason and the relevance of the Christian message for a full and authentically human life,"

Women should play a greater role in Church, says Pope

Women should play a greater role in Church, says Pope

by: Carol Glatz in Church Issues,

Women should play a greater role in society and the church, Pope Francis has said, stating that this could be done without sacrificing their essential attention and contribution to their families. Women’s distinctive skill sets and sensibilities make them invaluable not only for building “peace and harmony” in families, but for all of humanity, too, he said.

Pope: 'In the Church we are all missionaries and disciples'

Pope: 'In the Church we are all missionaries and disciples'

by: ICN in Church Issues,

Baptism brings us into the 'People of God', makes us members of a 'People on a journey', a 'Pilgrim People in history' - Pope Francis asserted, quoting words from the Second Vatican Council during his Wednesday catechesis at the general audience, which was dedicated to the first of the sacraments.

Get them while they’re young: why kids intuitively understand prayer

Get them while they’re young: why kids intuitively understand prayer

by: James Roberts - The Tablet in Church Issues,

 May I take gentle issue with the view expressed by Daniel Kearney in his blog of 2 January that “kids don’t get prayer’? The innocence of children, we are led to believe, reaches directly to heaven, while adult piety, which may win some but certainly loses many of the battles with the ego, usually takes a more circuitous route.

Finding leadership roles for women in the church

Finding leadership roles for women in the church

by: Bryan Cones - US Catholic in Church Issues,

Even Pope Francis, while he has dismissed the possibility of women’s ordination, acknowledged in his September interview in the Jesuit magazine America that our challenge today is “to think about the specific place of women also in those places where the authority of the church is exercised.?.?.?.” 

Pope Francis has just released a new document titled Evangelii Gaudium, “The Joy of the Gospel.”

Pope Francis has just released a new document titled Evangelii Gaudium, “The Joy of the Gospel.”

by: JJimmy Akin - National Catholic Register in Church Issues,

Pope Francis has just released a new document titled Evangelii Gaudium, “The Joy of the Gospel.” It is his first apostolic exhortation, and it is devoted to the theme of the new evangelization. It was written in response to the most recent meeting of the Synod of Bishops, which took place in October, 2012.