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FRANCIS IN ROME • Pope Francis continued with his reflections on the family and real life, focusing this time on the wounds that are created within family life. “Francis, we love you,” was one of the most repeated cries from St. Peter’s Square, crowded for the Wednesday audience, following the Pope’s successful visit to Turin. Bergoglio focuses his catechesis on the wounds that are opened in children when their parents separated. “The souls of their children suffer terribly, they experience a sense of despair,” the Pope said. After the presentationRead More
My name is Manuel de la Barreda Mingot. I have been married for twenty-four years to Lourdes Navarro, and we have four children ages 22, 20, 18, and 8. The third one, Javier, has Down syndrome and he is adopted • We have been a part of the Madrid Family League for sixteen years. We formed a life group with couples who are friends of ours and we have been able to keep it stable until now with few changes. We made our Covenant of Love in 2003 with partRead More
We are Pilar de Beas and José A. Alvaredo, a couple from the first course of the Spanish Family Federation. We both come from the youth branches of the movement. We have been married for thirty-three years, have six children and we are the founders and presidents of the Asociación Eduvida [Edulife Association] (, where we have taught courses for engaged couples for more than thirty years, family planning courses for fifteen years (we are monitors of the Sympto-Thermal Couple-to-Couple method) and courses of affective sexual education for ten years.Read More
Vatican City, Vatican Information Service VIS • This morning in the Holy See Press Office a press conference was held to present the Instrumentum Laboris of the 14th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the theme, “The vocation and mission of the family in the Church and contemporary world” (4-25 October 2015). UPDATE: text of the Instrumentum Laborius now in english   The speakers were: Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, general secretary of the Synod of Bishops; Cardinal Peter Erdo, archbishop of Esztergom-Budapest, Hungary, general rapporteur of the 14th GeneralRead More
Chile, by Bárbara Brain • From the title to daily practice, things changed in the Santiago Church last April with the appointment of a couple to a post that is usually occupied by a priest. The Family Pastoral vicariate is presently the “episcopal delegates” – yes, plural – for the Family Pastoral, and it is no long the vicariate, but the Episcopal Delegation in this field, although its function and status remain intact. José Manuel Borgoño and Mónica Undurraga are the couple in charge of this task. They have beenRead More
GERMANY, Memholz, Maria Fischer • “Much that we start here is something Schoenstatt has done for a long time”, Auxiliary Bishop Florian Wörner remarked after the introductory round in the afternoon of 18 May in the large hall of the Schoenstatt Centre in Memholz. It was after 33 members of the Schoenstatt Movement had introduced themselves and what they were doing. Auxiliary Bishop Wörner of Augsburg is the director of the Institute for New Evangelisation in the diocese, so his reaction was more than a nice summary or praise, butRead More
In his catechesis during the general audience on the first Wednesday of May, at the start of spring in St. Peter’s Square in the presence of several thousand Christians and pilgrims from many countries, Pope Francis referred to the beauty of Christian marriage as part of his reflections on the family. Complete text of the catechesis Family: the beauty of Christian marriage Dear Brothers and Sisters, Good morning, In our journey of catecheses on the family, today we touch directly on the beauty of Christian marriage. It is not merelyRead More
In his catechesis at the general audience on the third Wednesday of May in St. Peter’s Square in the presence of several thousand Christians and pilgrims from many countries, Pope Francis continued his reflections on the family and real life, this time focusing on one of its fundamental vocations, that is, the education of children. Complete text of Pope Francis’ catechesis Family and real life: the vocation of educating children Today, dear brothers and sisters, I would like to welcome you because I saw many families among you. Good morningRead More
In the general audience of the second Wednesday of May, the feast of Our Lady of Fatima, on a spring day in St. Peter’s Square before several thousand Christians and pilgrims from many countries, Pope Francis continued his catechesis on the family and real, everyday life, on the doorway of which are written three words that he has already spoken about, namely: May 1?, thank you, and sorry. Complete text of the Holy Father’s Catechesis translated from the Italian The Family — Three Words Dear Brothers and Sisters, Good morning!Read More
EUROPE, by Miguel Ángel Rubio, Spain • The European Forum of Families was held in Schoenstatt on May 8, 9, 10. Eight countries participated in this edition: Germany, Austria, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Switzerland (this year’s organizing country), Poland, Croatia and Spain. The Forum was held in the Family House a tradition that has been maintained since the beginning of the Forum. Italy, France, Portugal, Russia, Scotland and England were missed; these countries had participated in previous years, but this year they were not able to attend due to differentRead More