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Is The Single Life A Vocation? Maybe We're Asking The Wrong Question.

Denver, Colo., Jul 20, 2017 / 03:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- From a young age, Catholics are taught to pray about and discern their vocations – whether they're called to marriage, to the religious life, to the priesthood, or consecrated single life.   This can leave the lay single person feeling that...

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NFP Week For The Rest Of Us

I’m sure it’s already on your calendar, but just in case you weren’t aware, NFP Week kicks off on July 23! While I wait for fellow NFP’ers to catch their breath from the excitement, I’ll briefly touch on what NFP actually is for the uninitiated. NFP is the acronym for Natural Family Planning,...

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Help Your Children Enjoy A Healthy, Happy Summer

While your children are on summer vacation, they’ll likely spend more time in front of televisions, cell phones and computers. To help them enjoy a healthy, happy summer, parents can set time limits for screen time and pay special attention to what their kids eat — especially since they’ll spend...

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The Role Fathers Must Play For Their Children And Society

The celebration of Father’s Day is an event that goes much further than the giving of gifts and cards. It is a reminder of the transcendental act that the father of the family plays.  “To be a father is a full-time job and a commitment for life, which begins right at the moment when a human...

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Wholly Family: The Joy Of Foster Care

A typical weekday in the Twal household usually starts at 6 a.m., with the telltale pitter-patter of multiple pairs of energetic little feet, followed shortly thereafter by the familiar overlapping refrain of three ravenous growing boys: “Mom, I’m hungry!” As Michelle Twal gets breakfast...

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Why Women Aren't Choosing Adoption – And How Pro-Lifers Can Change That

Washington D.C., May 29, 2017 / 03:55 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- At 21 years old, Millie Lopus was pregnant and scared. A rising college senior at Loyola University Maryland, she was being pressured into having an abortion by her ex-boyfriend, the father of the child. But after he drove Millie to a...

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Sexual Exploitation Can Happen Without A Family Noticing

“Rita” was sexually exploited for two years, without anyone in her family noticing. During that time, the adolescent went to school, slept at home every day and attended her confirmation classes and Mass on Sundays. Anyone would have thought that she had a normal life but, in reality, it was a...

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Violence Within The Home Affects The Entire Community

“Sometimes we think that domestic violence only involves intimate partners, however, it can transcend to the community,” said Dr. Ana Nogales, clinical director and founder of the “Casa de la Familia” organization, pointing to the recently lived tragedy in a San Bernardino school. Cedric Anderson...

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Costly Weddings Could Be Crippling For New Marriages

Denver, Colo., Apr 19, 2017 / 03:27 am (CNA).- Noting the sharply increasing costs of weddings, marriage advocates have begun to urge couples to be less extravagant in their nuptial celebrations for the good of their relationships. “We ran a survey [in early 2013] with a law firm that looked...

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Why Nullity Cases Always Include A Defender Of The Bond

Santiago, Chile, Apr 19, 2017 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In the process of declaring the nullity of marriage there is a position of  utmost importance which allows the judges to reach the moral certainty required to make their judgement: the office of the defender of the bond. A marriage is...

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Love Must Be Core Of Family Life, Pope Says Ahead Of WMOF

Vatican City, Mar 30, 2017 / 05:30 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis issued a message ahead of the 2018 World Meeting of Families (WMOF), saying couples and families should root their relationships in the love of God, which then propels them to joyfully share it with others. “I wish to underline...

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Why Catholic Teaching On Marriage Matters For Society

Trieste, Italy, Mar 2, 2017 / 02:52 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As Catholics continue to debate pastoral and doctrinal approaches to marriage, they should remember that the Catholic approach to marriage and the Eucharist has a direct impact on what the Church teaches about society as a whole, an expert...

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Marriage Prep Should Be More Than Just A Few Courses, Pope Tells Priests

Vatican City, Feb 25, 2017 / 05:18 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Saturday Pope Francis told a group of parish priests training on the new marriage annulment process to place strong emphasis on good preparation that isn’t limited to just a few courses, but extends even to the first few years after...

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How One Organization Hopes To Revolutionize Orphanages

Rome, Italy, Feb 17, 2017 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Catholic Church puts a lot of effort into having excellent schools and hospitals, but what about its orphanages? For Caroline Boudreaux, conditions in orphanages are too often overlooked – something we all have the ability and opportunity...

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How The Church Supports Marriages – Every Step Of The Way

Washington D.C., Feb 14, 2017 / 03:36 am (CNA/EWTN News).- It’s Valentine’s Day, and in countries across the world, people are focused on love and marriage. But for the Catholic Church, the celebration of – and support for – marriage is not limited to one day, but all year round. “Marriage is...