Pope to the elderly: God sends his angels to console your loneliness – Vatican News

Pope to the elderly: God sends his angels to console your loneliness Pope Francis reassures the elderly that God is always with them in his message for the first-ever World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly. He also reminds them of their vocation to preserve our roots and to pass on the faith to the younger ones. By Fr. Benedict Mayaki, SJ Pope Francis on Tuesday released a message for the First World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly ahead of the date of the celebration which is scheduled for 25 July. The theme chosen by the Pope for the inaugural commemoration is “I am with you always” (Mt 28: 30). The Holy Father addressed the theme from the Gospel of Matthew to all Grandparents and the elderly, reminding them that this is the promise the Lord made to his disciples before he ascended into heaven. “The whole Church is close to you – to us – and cares about you, loves you and does not want to leave you alone!” the Pope said, identifying with the elderly, as one of them. Comfort amid the pandemic The Pope’s message comes amid the challenging times of the Covid-19 pandemic that...

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“Education in love: affectivity and sexuality. How to accompany young people”

“Education in love: affectivity and sexuality. How to accompany young people” 08 June 2021 (ANS – Rome) – In the last two weeks of May and the first of June, delegates, consecrated persons and lay people from all the Provinces of the world participated in three formative sessions organized by the Youth Ministry Sector. This initiative was conceived in response to the need of the Provinces to form and share the pastoral and moral keys for the affective-sexual education of young people, thinking of educational criteria. The participation was very numerous and representative of the various realities: a total of about 580 people across three days. With great competence and skill, Professor Javier de la Torre introduced the participants to very delicate and significant issues on an educational-pastoral level, but also on a personal level. In the first meeting, the pastoral and moral keys for the affective sexual education of young people were provided. They started from a horizon in which there are insufficient models of sexuality education to arrive at principles of sexuality education that envisage a path of knowledge – as opposed to ignorance -, of openness and communication – as opposed to silence -, of attention and...

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Don’t let worldly lies corrupt your marriage. Over 500,000 copies of Plain Talks on Marriage sold! Plain Talks on Marriage is back in print for the first time since the 1900s.  Society has suffered the devil’s many attacks on marriage and family since the last publication of Fr. Fulgence Meyer’s work. Sister Lucia, the Fatima visionary, even warned our times that “The final battle between the Lord and the kingdom of Satan will be about Marriage and the Family.” Today, every major issue attacks marriage and the family. The Marriage of the Virgin Mary and St. Joseph As truth about the sanctity of marriage has been silenced, divorce has become rampant and same-sex unions have been legalized. Families have been severely injured by birth control and abortion. The straightforward truth Plain Talks on Marriage offers is a solution to the evils of the world. It contains practical counsel and wisdom relevant for every Catholic married couple. What’s Inside Plain Talks on Marriage? Plain Talks on Marriage contains the antidotal truth to the destructive lies society proclaims about marriage and family. Specifically, this book addresses the following: Chapter I: Happiness in Marriage Chapter II: The Nature of Marriage Chapter III: The Purposes and Privileges of Marriage Chapter IV: Sins Against Holy...

Global Day of Parents: Salesian Missions highlights educational and social development programs that support parents

01 June 2021 (ANS – New Rochelle) – Salesian Missions, the U.S. development arm of the Salesians of Don Bosco, joins humanitarian organizations and the international community in celebrating Global Day of Parents, which was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 2012. The day, celebrated each year on June 1, honours parents throughout the world and provides an opportunity to appreciate all parents for their commitment to children. This year the U.N. is focused on the role that parents have played during the pandemic. The U.N noted, “As the anchors of the family and the foundation of our communities and societies, parents have the responsibility of sheltering their families from harm, caring for out-of-school children and, at the same time, continuing their work responsibilities. Without support from parents, children’s health, education and emotional well-being is at risk. By introducing family-friendly workplace policies and practices, companies and organizations will be in a better position to promote children’s safety and well-being and provide systematic support to employees.” In their work in more than 130 countries around the globe, Salesian missionaries provide support to the parents of the children in their programs. Father Gus Baek, director of Salesian Missions, said, “Supporting...