FAFCE

Federation of Catholic Family Associations in Europe

Pope Francis: A New Catechumenate for Marriage Is Needed

2017 01 27 Pope FrancisOn 21 January, Pope Francis addressed the Roman Rota (the highest ecclesiastical court of the Holy See) on the occasion of the inauguration of the new judiciary year. In his speech the Holy Father called for a new catechumenate for marriage in view of improving marriage preparation and accompany couples throughout their marriage.

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FAFCE President Meets Cardinal Farrell, Prefect of the new Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life

Brussels, 24 November 2016

2016 11 19 FarrellAntoine Renard, FAFCE’s President, travelled to Rome to meet recently elected Cardinal Farrell, Prefect of the new Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life. He could present work done by FAFCE and discuss the challenges and the opportunities for European families. On Saturday 19 November, Mr Renard also attended the public consistory in which Pope Francis created Cardinal Kevin Farrell in St. Peter Basilica in the Vatican. Card. Farrell is now leading the new Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life, which resulted from the merging of the Pontifical Councils for the Laity and for the Family and started functioning on September 1st, instituted by the Motu Proprio “Sedula Mater”of Pope Francis.

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FAFCE President Meets New Cardinal Mario Zenari, Apostolic Nuncio to Syria

Brussels, 24 November 2016

2016 11 19 Zenari-minOn Saturday, 19 November, Pope Francis created Cardinal Mario Zenari, Apostolic Nuncio to Syria. Antoine Renard, FAFCE’s President, attended the Ordinary Public Consistory and had the opportunity to meet Cardinal Zenari during the traditional courtesy visit to new cardinals, open to everyone.

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Bambinelli Sunday 2016

cgplogoThe third Sunday of Advent is known as the Gaudete Sunday, the Sunday of Joy. Traditionally, every year in Rome, on that day, the Pope blesses the Bambinelli (figures of Baby Jesus) that people bring to St. Peter's Square.

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From our Members | Family Policy in Poland

Teresa Kapela

Związek Dużych Rodzin ''Trzy Plus'' – ZDR3+

logo 3plusFamily policy in Poland has only about 10 years. Previously, in the enthusiastic context of the fall of the communism, every attempt to talk about family policy was considered as nostalgia of the former system. Family associations were a strong support to family policies. These associations were founded answering to a great need of change in this regard. Getting in touch with ELFAC and FAFCE, European federations, was an important element for this. Związek Dużych Rodzin ''Trzy Plus'' – ZDR3+ was founded in 2007, but already in 2006, we had organised a conference at the Polish parliament about the situation of large families. Thanks to the participation in this conference of François Meause from AFC, Raul Sanchez from ELFAC, Yeno Radnay from MKC-Hungary and Barbara Fiala from FDK, we were able to get informed about family policy in other countries. That served us as inspiration, without forgetting that each country has its own identity.

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