FAFCE

Federation of Catholic Family Associations in Europe

Press release | Let's Celebrate! Over 100 candidates to the European Elections support the Family, Europe's Treasure! - International Day of Families 2014

Tomorrow, 15 May, is the International Day of Families, and it is also the 20th Anniversary of the International Year of the Family. These two events will be celebrated at the European Economic and Social Committee in Brussels. Together with the International Commission on Couple and Family Relations (ICCFR), the European Federation of Catholic Family Associations (FAFCE) have invited representatives of civil society, the European Institutions and of families to celebrate families' positive and constructive contribution to Society. 

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Join the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Charter of the Rights of the Family!

FAFCE invites you to promote the Charter of the Rights of the Family, presented by the Holy See in 1983, and offers a poster that can be downloaded free of charge below.

The poster was presented at the conference recently held at the Council of Europe on the topic "The Family, a Subject of Rights" organised by FAFCE, with the support of ECPF and NOM.

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The global youth desires family !

A recent Youth survey among 16-29 years old in 11 countries presents the following features : "In order to have a future we need a common goal. And today that goal is not to be seen anywhere. A majority (62%)  states that society has become too individualistic, and that it is politics that is to blame: today’s politics are seen as shortsighted, paying too little attention to critical long-term issues. (…) “their dreams and aspirations are focused on another arena – the personal one. The small, close Collective: the family. And when it comes to family  young people are anything but short-sighted. They want relations that are so strong they will hold a lifetime. According to them, the achievements that are most worthy of respect are not making lots of money or saving the world, but being a good parent and keeping a family together for years".

 

“Building your own family that you can keep safe in a nice home may be a reaction to the postmodern values that the baby boomers, born around 1950, and the subsequent generations have boosted in the west – individualism, depending on yourself regardless of gender, no requirement to get married or adjust to convention. It has been a project with a goal to deconstruct old and traditional institutions and patterns. Since the 1960s people aged 20-25 have had the most ’extreme’ attitudes and values. But not so any more, it seems. Instead of deconstructing the traditional values, young people today seem to long for the reconstruction of collective values. And they’re starting with the small world, by rebuilding the family. Their hopes for the big world are common goals and the end of shortsighted politics. After all, it is the youth that will benefit the most from long-term commitments and goals.“

 

FAMILY-LIFE MOST WORTHY OF RESPECT

“Young peoples’ dreams of the future focus on the success of the small life: getting a good job and being able to afford nice accommodation. But that’s not enough it seems. The home must be filled with something meaningful too, something which may be more difficult to achieve: namely, a family. Having children, getting married and finding the ‘right one’ are also popular dreams among the Global Youth.

Many of today’s young experienced divorces when they grew up, or at least had friends growing up in divided families. And, perhaps as a consequence, the ones who are most worthy of respect, according to the young, are those who have succeeded in family life.
‘Being a good parent’ and ‘keeping a family together for many years’ top the respect list. These are far more worthy than having a successful career in business or becoming a successful athlete or artist. Families deserve respect, so say the Global Youth..“

 

Source: Kairos Future, Global Youth, 2013

FAFCE Secretary General speaks at Pontifical Council for the Family Conference on the Rights of the Family

A Conference on the Rights of the family was hosted by the Pontifical Council for the Family together with the Italian Union of Catholic Lawyers at the Urbaniana University in Rome on 19-21 September 2013. The theme of the conference was "the rights of the family and the challenges of the contemporary world". It was organised in connection with the 30th anniversary of the Charter of the Rights of the Family, presented by the Holy See in 1983. 

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Conference on the Rights of the Family, Strasbourg, 1st Oct 2013

CONFERENCE 1st October 2013

 European Year of Citizens 30th anniversary of the Charter of

Rights of the Family of the Holy See

 The family, a subject of rights

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