Pope Francis traveled to northern Italy on Saturday to celebrate the 90th birthday of his second cousin Carla Rabezzana with his Italian relatives.
Pope Francis also spoke about the challenges facing families today.
The pope was addressing members of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences.
Catholic Church leaders in Gabon have, in a collective statement, expressed concern about challenges members of families are facing and called for what they have termed “a genuine policy that promotes and protects life.”
“Please, each day, let us pray a little bit together, if you can make the effort, to ask God for the gift of peace.”
“Dear friends, the family is alive if it finds itself united in prayer," the pope said in a message ahead of the World Meeting of Families in Rome.
A Catholic Bishop in Uganda has urged parents and family members of the newly ordained Deacons and Priest to exercise detachment and allow the new members of the Clergy to serve the people of God “without any hindrance”.
Everything, except family, seems to have been taken away by the COVID-19 pandemic, a member of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) has said at the launch of the marriage awareness campaign in the three-nation ecclesiastical region.
“Let us place all families of the world under the mantle of Mary, under the intercession of Maximilian Kolbe.’
A Bishop in Cape Verde has underscored the central place the family has in the process of recovering from COVID-19 challenges.
On the feast of the Holy Family of Nazareth Sunday, Pope Francis encouraged families to get off their cell phones and talk to one another.
As plans are underway in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, for the UN-sponsored International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD25), which Christian professionals have regarded as controversial owing to the Summit’s envisaged agenda, various Church leaders have described the launch of a new book on marriage and family in Nairobi Sunday, October 20 as “timely.”
The theme of family that preoccupied African bishops during yearlong celebration of the golden jubilee of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) is guiding the Synod of the Archdiocese of Johannesburg in South Africa that is set to start on Friday, September 20.