Federation of Catholic Family Associations in Europe

Let's pray for the treasure of Families!

Let's join Pope Francis in his universal prayer intention for the month of August
 Brussels, the 1st of August 2018
Dear Friend,
With this message we would like to invite you to respond to the call of Pope Francis asking our prayers for the treasure of Families in this month of August. He entrusted this universal intention to the Apostleship of Prayer, the Pope's worlwide prayer network.
This prayer, this month, becomes particularly important if we think that on 21-26 August we will celebrate the World Meeting of Familiesin Dublin, Ireland. As we said in our last newsletter, last month, we strongly believe in the importance of this gathering, in order to announce the beauty of the family and we value particularly prophetic the choice of Pope Francis to organize it in a Country wounded by a couple of historical legislative changes, denaturing the institution of civil marriage in 2015 and, last May, repealing protections for the right to life of the unborn.
May the World Meeting of Families be a moment of announce of the Gospel to all and especially to Europe, an old continent which is closed to life. We need a demographic Spring to look towards the future. For that reasons, the words of St. John Paul II, speaking at the 1st World Meeting of Families in 1994 in Rome are extremely relevant today, when he mentioned the encyclical Humanae Vitae, indicating "the criteria for safeguarding the couple's love from the danger of hedonistic selfishness". This encyclical, of which we celebrate the 50th Anniversary this year, "Brought out the intrinsic bond between conjugal love and the generation of life" (Amoris Laetitia, 68). Let's pray that this World Meeting of Families will bring again the joy of the family to all Europeans.

Above all these challenges, indeed, we cannot avoid speaking about the spiritual battle, which is very strong indeed, and which is part of a mysterious plan: this is why we decided to answer to the call of Pope Francis to his universal intention of prayer for the month of August, an intention which is very close to the daily work of our Federation: "That any far-reaching decisions of economists and politicians may protect the family as one of the treasures of humanity".

Thank you for joining us in the prayer.
Antoine Renard

New Gender Equality Strategy 2018-2023 of the Council of Europe

Council of Europe Palais de lEurope

Brussels, 25 May 2018

The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, the decision-making body of the organisation, adopted its Gender Equality Strategy 2018-2023, which is built upon the results of the Gender Equality Strategy 2014-2017.  The new strategy, unlike the preceding one, gives attention to some family aspects. The Strategy sets up the objectives and priorities of the Council regarding gender equality for the period of 2018 to 2023, identifying the working methods, main partners and the measures necessary for further improvement of the situation within the organisation and in the Member States Especially the Strategy “addresses the implications of equality between women and men as regards dignity and rights, in public, private and family life. The social significance of maternity and paternity leave and the role of both parents in the upbringing of children and as carers of adult dependents must be taken into consideration to ensure that both women’s and men’s human rights are fully and equally respected. The equal sharing of unpaid household and care work should be promoted to break down gender stereotypes, ensure women’s and men’s work/life balance, and get closer to real gender equality”.

Read more: New Gender Equality Strategy 2018-2023 of the Council of Europe

Press Release | International Day Of The Family, the starting point of the future

Brussels, 15 May 2018

famille.jpgToday is the International Day of the Family, with a focus from the United Nations on “Families and inclusive societies”. The family is the first place of inclusion, where the value of every person can be welcomed in its uniqueness. An inclusive society starts wtih the family: the family is the vital cell of society and every society needs the family to be really inclusive.

Read more: Press Release | International Day Of The Family, the starting point of the future

Antoine Renard: Individual “rights” endanger 1948 Declaration of Human Rights



FAFCE president Antoine Renard was interviewed by the Austrian Catholic Press Agency: The human rights ideal born out of the catastrophe of World War II only aimed at fostering the rights of a person, in order that the state could not deny him/her their rights. These human rights took into account social ties. Today there is a certain “tiredness” among those who rightfully believe that to act socially is better than an individualistic approach.

Read more: Antoine Renard: Individual “rights” endanger 1948 Declaration of Human Rights

Press Release | Bucharest International Seminar for a renewed family policy

 Bucharest, 16 February 2018

Bucharest Seminar 2018 02 16


The Federation of Catholic Family Associations in Europe (FAFCE) and its member in Romania, "Vladimir Ghika" Catholic Family Association, in partnership with the Committee on Equal Opportunities of the Romanian Senate, held yesterday a conference in the Romanian Parliament on the Family at the centre of the Economy.

Read more: Press Release | Bucharest International Seminar for a renewed family policy

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