- Feb 16, 2020
Inspired by teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg and her “Fridays for Future” protests, a young couple in Germany is launching a “Sundays for Life” campaign, inviting everyone to take to the streets every Sunday for about 30 minutes on behalf of unborn children and their mothers.
“Do not forget your mother and your grandmother, and the simple but robust faith that gave them the strength and tenacity to keep going and not to give up,” the pope told young people and families greeting him before the Palace of Culture on Romania’s Children’s Day June 1.
In his Angelus address on the feast of the Church’s first martyr, Pope Francis extolled him as a model of trust and forgiveness for modern-day families.
Catholics who participate in the World Meeting of Families in Dublin in August or pray with their families during the Aug. 21-26 event can receive a plenary indulgence, the Vatican announced.
Archbishop José Gómez of Los Angeles found himself close to tears on July 2 describing the impact on families of deportations of undocumented immigrants. “In the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, many times children don’t want to go to the Catholic schools because they think that their parents are not going to be home in the evening. They really suffer,” he said.
Reflecting a national trend, the Catholic diocese of St. Cloud, Minnesota, is closing its adoption and pregnancy counseling services, as low teen pregnancy rates and greater acceptance of single parenting means less demands for adoption agencies.