Posts Tagged ‘families’

Ministry to families must meet their real needs, pope says

Thursday, March 25th, 2021

If people are providing a ministry to families, they must make sure they actually know what the families need, Pope Francis says. The Catholic Church cannot claim to safeguard marriage and family life if it simply repeats its traditional teaching without supporting, encouraging and caring for real families. This is especially when families are struggling Read more

NCRS publishes family discussion book based Amoris Laetitia

Monday, November 19th, 2018

First published in 2016, Amoris Laetitia, which simply means ‘The Joy of Love’, is a post-synodal apostolic exhortation by Pope Francis addressing the pastoral care of families including marriage and the day to day challenges faced by families throughout the world. Amoris Laetitia encourages both clergy and members of the laity to accompany and care Read more

The grandparents keep young families going

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

Grandparents give you cancer. Many of us heard this news on the radio last week as we bundled our children into their coats, their hats, the hat with ears, why do all kids’ hats have ears? What’s behind H&M’s grand plan to turn every child under five into a rodent by new year, they’re kids for Read more

Book about the family to be launched in Wellington

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

A new book aimed at strengthening the family to become communities of life and love is to be launched in Wellington in November. Love Is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive has been written and compiled by Patricia Alfonso-Sison. It is based on the preparatory catechism of the same title from the 8th World Meeting of Families, Read more

Who are you, and what have you done with my son?

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

One of the most daunting things about sending our boy to boarding school was that, for the first six weeks, aside from handwritten letters, we weren’t allowed to have any contact with him. In the pre-email, pre-free calling era, this would have been fairly standard. Back in the day, boarding school parents didn’t have much choice Read more

Family time under threat in the Shop Trading Hours Bill

Friday, November 6th, 2015

New Zealand’s Catholic Bishops are disappointed that workers’ family time is under threat in the Shop Trading Hours Amendment Bill. MPs have voted 75 to 45 in favour of the bill, moving it to the Commerce Committee for consideration. “We are disappointed that the vote in favour of sending the Shop Trading Hours Amendment Bill Read more

Italian church to help battling families pay utility bills

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

The Italian Church will help struggling families pay overdue utility bills for the Jubilee Year of Mercy. The initiative to help people who face having their utilities cut off was launched by Italy’s bishops as part of the Jubilee tradition of forgiving debts. “We are starting a project for the jubilee that sees mercy as Read more

Irish primate reminds synod of abuse, violence in families

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

The Primate of Ireland has criticised the synod on the family’s working document for not recognising the impacts of domestic violence and abuse on families. Archbishop Eamon Martin of Armagh said it would be a mistake for the synod to overlook the “shattering” effects of clerical sexual abuse on families. In his synod intervention, Archbishop Read more

Pope Francis visit to Ireland a distinct possibility

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

During this month’s synod on the family, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin will speak to Pope Francis about a possible papal visit to Ireland in 2018. Speculation is growing about a papal visit after it was announced that the next World Meeting of Families would be in Dublin in 2018. Archbishop Martin said Francis is Read more

Sydney archbishop looks to Africa for orthodoxy

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

Ahead of the synod on the family, Archbishop Anthony Fisher of Sydney has pointed to African bishops as a sign of hope in confused times. Archbishop Fisher’s comments came after an address by Guinean Cardinal Robert Sarah at the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia on September 24. Archbishop Fisher, who attended the address said: Read more