AMORIS LAETITIA – On Love in the Family
Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation of the Holy Father Francis
[Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation];
Document Outline (Article 6):
» I will begin with an opening chapter inspired by the Scriptures, to set a proper tone.
» I will then examine the actual situation of families, in order to keep firmly grounded in reality.
» I will go on to recall some essential aspects of the Church’s teaching on marriage and the family, thus paving the way for
» two central chapters dedicated to love.
» I will then highlight some pastoral approaches that can guide us in building sound and fruitful homes in accordance with God’s plan,
» with a full chapter devoted to the raising of children.
» Finally, I will offer an invitation to mercy and the pastoral discernment of those situations that fall short of what the Lord demands of us
» and conclude with a brief discussion of family spirituality.
Recommendation on Reading the Text: (Article 7)
I do not recommend a rushed reading of the text. The greatest benefit, for families themselves and for those engaged in the family apostolate, will come if each part is read patiently and carefully…
SYNOD ON THE FAMILY OCTOBER 4-25, 2015, VATICAN CITY
The Fourteenth Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops. Theme: The Vocation and Mission of the Family in the Church and in the Contemporary World.
Opening Homily by The Holy Father, Pope Francis [Homily];
The Holy Father again addresses the Synod on October 6, 2015 [Article — Full Text not Available];
Catholic New Agency — News on the Synod [Read More]
POPE FRANCIS IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA September 23-27, 2015
Calendar of Events from EWTN & all Addresses from The Holy Father, Pope Francis [Read More].
Pope Francis’ Visit to the Little Sisters of the Poor [Read More][Pictures from the Sisters]
“NEW” Encyclical Released
Thursday, June 18, 2015
On the Care of Our Common Home.
[Link to Vatican Website]
Year of Consecrated Life – 2015
The Dicastery presents a shared itinerary, a space for personal, communal & institutional reflection as we journey towards 2015, the year the Church has dedicated to religious life, with the desire and the intention of making courageous evangelical decisions leading to revitalization, bearing fruits of joy.
Preparatory Letter from the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life [Read More].
Be Glad, Rejoice, Radiate Joy: Listening — Joy, the beauty of consecration — Your calling — Found, touched, transformed, Joy, a faithful ‘yes’;
Comfort, Comfort My People: Listening — Bringing God’s embrace — Tenderness is good for us — Closeness as companionship — The restlessness of love;
For Reflection & Questions from Pope Francis
Synod on the Family
The 3rd Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops with the Theme: “The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization” met October 5-19, 2014.
Pope Francis’ address at the Conclusion of this Initial Meeting of the Synod on the Family, October 18, 2014 [Read]
Message of the III Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, Sunday, October 18, 2014 [Read]
The Interim Report entitled “Relatio Synodi” of the Third Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops: “The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evengelization” (5-19 October 2014) is now available in English [Read more. Note the document released on October 13th did not reflect the consensus of the Synod Fathers. Watch the website for the the English translation of the final interim document. [Read more]
Some Upcoming Vatican Events
2015 September 25-27 – World Meeting of Families, Philadelphia (Papal Visit Sep 26 & 27. The Holy Father is expected to participate in the Festival of Families, an intercultural celebration of family life around the world, which would be held on Saturday, September 26th, and a Papal Mass to be held on Sunday, September 27. Both of these events will be open to the public (Registration to World Day of Families is not required for the Papal visit). [Read more]
29th World Youth Day, 2014 – Theme: Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
30th World Youth Day, 2015 – Theme: Blessed are the pure in heart for they will see God.
31st World Youth Day, 2016 (Krakow) – Theme: Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.
Pontifical Council for Health Care Workers (Pastoral Care)
November 20-22, 2014 – PCHCW Annual Conference, Vatican City. Theme: Autism
November 21-23, 2013 – PCHCW Annual Conference in Vatican City. Theme: The Elderly
June 14-15, 2013 – PCHCW, IV International Study Meeting, Vatican City, Theme: The Child as a Person and as a Patient: Therapeutic Approaches Compared. Attended by Marylee Meehan, NACN-USA Member and PCHCW Member appointed to the council by Pope Benedict XVI in 2007. The General Session addressed Pediatric Medicine Faced with Malaise and Disturbance in Children and the Suffering Child: Experiences Compared. There were 36 presenters from around the world with every continent represented.