- Oct 20, 2020
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.
The Archdiocese of Chicago has announced that it will begin offering 12 weeks of paid parental leave to its employees, a policy that is almost unheard of in Catholic dioceses and one that reflects an effort to put the church’s money where its mission is. Betsy Bohlen, chief operating officer
When Pope Francis released a widely anticipated document on family life last week, he didn’t just weigh in on controversial topics like whether remarried Catholics may take communion (maybe) and whether the Catholic church will approve gay marriages (definitely not). He said something more likely to be overlooked but also