Marriage, Family & Pro-Life

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A little bit country: Pope looks at the nitty gritty of family life

Children spend time with their grandmother in 2012 on the front porch of their home in Hillsdale, Mo. Pope Francis' postsynodal apostolic exhortation on the family, "Amoris Laetitia" ("The Joy of Love"), was released April 8.  CNS photo | Sid Hastings

A little bit country: Pope looks at the nitty gritty of family lifeCindy Wooden Catholic News Service Vatican City — Pope Francis’ hymn to love and family life is more like a country song than a Disney tune. In “Amoris Laetitia” (“The Joy of Love”), Pope Francis’ postsynodal apostolic exhortation on the family, there is…

Marriage is forever: Pope’s reform requires proof union was invalid

Newly-weds Kate Stahl (R) and Count Anton Andreas von Faber-Castell (L) kiss after their church wedding outside of Faber-Castell Palace in Stein near Nuremberg, Germany.

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis’ reformed rules for marriage annulment cases, making the process simpler, quicker and less expensive, respond to calls that bishops from around the world have been making since before the 1980 Synod of Bishops on the family convoked by St. John Paul II. Catholic marriage tribunals do not dissolve marriages, but…

Hundreds protest at Planned Parenthood clinics across Metro Detroit

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DETROIT — Nearly 500 people showed up Saturday morning to protest outside a Planned Parenthood clinic off Van Dyke Avenue in Warren, part of a series of rallies nationwide designed to call attention to the abortion provider’s atrocities and call for pro-life policies. The Warren rally was one of four held in the Detroit area…

Local faith leaders: Children at heart of marriage trial

Prayer sought as case challenging Michigan’s constitutional amendment wraps up Detroit — The Feb. 25 opening of the ongoing DeBoer v. Snyder trial, in which the plaintiffs are seeking to legalize same-sex marriage by overturning the Michigan Marriage Amendment defining civil marriage as between one man and one woman in this state, is just the…

Captain of the prayer team: Family credits St. Gerard with saving twins

Every day through 10 weeks of novenas, doctors ‘said they couldn’t believe’ their survival Livonia — Thomas and Alison Fuller knew that the only way they would make it through the pregnancy was by trusting God’s plan, no matter what happened. “Trusting in the Lord is the one thing you can do in any situation,” said…