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Greg and Joy, married for 10 years, share what they’ve learnt about praying as a couple.   It has been said that God is always speaking to us. I always hear of cases where He communicates with people through visions and thoughts derived from dreams. For us, our dialogue with God has never been as dramatic. We have always yearned

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Madonna’s Concert – What About It?

Madonna’s concert, Rebel Heart, which is touring Singapore next Sunday on 28 February 2016, is causing a stir amongst the Catholic and Christian communities here. Many have expressed their concern and even outrage at the performer’s disrespectful use of Catholic/Christian symbols during her performances. Social media is rife with comments about Madonna’s blasphemous music and even props. As Shepherd of

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Pope Francis: wrinkles, wounds, scars in a family are the fruit of fidelity

Here is the translation of Pope Francis’ address at the meeting with families in the Victor Manuel Reyna Stadium at Tuxtla Gutierrez:   Dear brothers and sisters, I am grateful to be here, on Chiapaneca soil. It feels good to be here on this soil, on this land; it is good to be here in this place which, with you

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Pope Francis: family life is a series of pilgrimages

Travel

Here is the translation of Pope Francis’ homily at a Mass for families on Sunday, 27 December 2015, Feast of the Holy Family:   The biblical readings which we just heard presented us with the image of two families on pilgrimage to the house of God. Elkanah and Hannah bring their son Samuel to the Temple of Shiloh and consecrate

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Pope Francis on the welcoming door of the family

Welcome

Here is the Holy Father’s address during his weekly General Audience on 18 November in St Peter’s Square:   Dear Brothers and Sisters, Good morning! With this reflection we arrive at the threshold of the Jubilee, it’s close. The door is before us, not just the Holy Door, but another: the great door of the Mercy of God — and

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Pope Francis on conviviality in the family

Family Breakfast

Here is the Holy Father’s address during his weekly General Audience on 11 November in St Peter’s Square:   Dear Brothers and Sisters, Good morning! Today we will reflect upon a distinctive quality of family life which is learned in the very first years of life: conviviality, in other words the attitude of sharing life’s goods and being happy to

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Pope Francis on forgiveness in the family

Everything will be alright

Here is the Holy Father’s address during his weekly General Audience on 4 November in St Peter’s Square:   Dear Brothers and Sisters, Good morning! The Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, which concluded only recently, reflected in depth on the vocation and the mission of the family in the life of the Church and of contemporary society. It was

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Pope Francis on fidelity to the promise of love

Wedding Ring

Here is the Holy Father’s address during his weekly General Audience on 21 October in St Peter’s Square:   Dear Brothers and Sisters, Good morning! In the last meditation we reflected on the important promises that parents make to children, from when they are first thought of in love and conceived in the womb. We could add that, upon closer

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Pope John Paul II on the family’s role in catechesis

Pope St John Paul II

The following is from Pope John Paul II’s 1979 Apostolic Exhortation Catechesi Tradendae. 68. The family’s catechetical activity has a special character, which is in a sense irreplaceable. This special character has been rightly stressed by the Church, particularly by the Second Vatican Council (118). Education in the faith by parents, which should begin from the children’s tenderest age (119),

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