FAFCE

Federation of Catholic Family Associations in Europe

Europe’s Catholic Family Associations come together in Fátima

FAFCE Board in FatimaOn 12 and 13 April, members of the Federation of Catholic Family Associations in Europe (FAFCE) came together for their Board Meeting. This time under the protection of Our Lady of Fátima, where the meeting took place.

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The new Apostolic Exhortation on Love in the Family, "Amoris Laetitia"

Amoris LaetitiaToday the new Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia, on love in the family was presented in Rome.

It addresses a broad range of issues related to family and marriage, such as The Joy of Love, The work of your hands, The tenderness of an embrace, The current reality of the family,The transmission of life and the rearing of children.

One chapter is dedicated to love in marriage, presenting a thourough teaching on love: Love is patient, Love is at the service of others, Love is not jealous, Love is not boastful, Love is not rude, Love is generous, Love is not irritable or resentful, Love forgives, Love rejoices with others, Love bears all things, Love believes all things, Love hopes all things, Love endures all things, Growing in conjugal love, Lifelong sharing, Joy and beauty, and so forth. 

The Exhortation can be read here

Slovenians say yes to the family: a victory for all

Metka Zevnik and Ales Primc, Co-leaders of the Coalition "It's about the children"

 

Metka Zevnik and Ales Primc, 

Co-leaders of the Coalition "It's about the children"

On 20 December 2015 Slovenians had the possibility to express their opinion on marriage, thanks to the direct involvement of many citizens and of the pro-family Coalition 'It's about the Children'. On 3 March last year the Slovenian parliament approved a bill which changed the nature of the civil marriage, which - according to this bill - was not anymore reserved to the union beetwen a woman and a man. That bill was repealed thanks to the vote of the 63,54 % of participants in a popular referendum. 

The referendum took place after a long period of uncertainty due the Parliament's refusal to accept the popular demand to vote on the bill which defines marriage as a "union between two consenting adults". Finally, the Constitutional Court allowed the popular initiative. One month after the referendum, FAFCE interviewed Father Tadej Strehovec about the future challenges for the family in Slovenia and in Europe. 

 

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A new European Citizens' Initiative in favour of Marriage and Family

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On 11 December the European Commission gave its green light to start a new European Citizens' Initiative (ECI) in favour of marriage and family called Mum, Dad & Kids. The initiative asks the European Commission to respect the principle of subsidiarity as regards EU Member States' own definitions of marriage and family. It also asks the European Commission to introduce a horizontally applicable regulation that defines the meaning of marriage and family for EU law, when needed, as follows: marriage is a union between a man and a woman, and family is based on marriage and/or descent.

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FAFCE crosses the Atlantic

Clouds over the Atlantic - Apr 2013In September and October FAFCE was present at three events across the Atlantic : the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, USA, a Congress for a Culture of Life and Family in Bogotá, Colombia, and the World Congress of Families, in Salt Lake City, USA.

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