Wednesday Catechesis

Pope’s General Audience Address on the Family

 

1. On the Family – 10 December 2014
“We must know that the Synod is not a Parliament.”

 

2. On Jesus’ Choice to Be Part of a Family – 17 December 2014
“As Mary and Joseph did, every Christian family can first of all receive Jesus, listen to him, talk with him, guard and protect him, grow with him, and thus improve the world.”

 

3. On Mother Church and Motherhood – 7 January 2015
“Every human person owes his life to a mother, and almost always owes her much of his subsequent existence, his human and spiritual formation.”

 

4. On Fatherhood – 28 January 2015
“The educational quality of the paternal presence is all the more necessary the more the father is constrained by work to be far from home.”

 

5. On the Positive Role of Fathers – 4 February 2015
“Fathers should be patient, many times there is nothing else that can be done other than to wait. Pray and wait with patience, gentleness, magnanimity and mercy.”

 

6. On the Gift of Children – 11 February 2015
“A society of children who do not honour their parents is a society without honour.”

 

7. On Brothers and Sisters – 18 February 2015
“The bond of brotherhood that is formed in the family between children happens in a climate of education of openness to others, it is the great school of freedom and peace.”

 

8. On Grandparents – 4 March 2015
“The Church cannot and does not want to be conformed to the mentality of impatience, and much less so, of indifference and contempt, when it comes to old age.”

 

9. On the Gift of Grandparents – 11 March 2015
“How I would like a Church that challenges the disposable culture with the overflowing joy of a new embrace between young people and the elderly.”

 

10. On the Gift of Children – 18 March 2015
“Children in themselves are richness for humanity and for the Church, because they recall to us constantly the necessary condition to enter in the Kingdom of God.”

 

11. On Praying for the Synod on the Family – 25 March 2015
“All the Pope, Cardinals, Bishops, priests, men and women religious, lay faithful we are all called to pray for the Synod. There is need of this, not of gossip!”

 

12. On the Passion Suffered by Children – 8 April 2015
“Children are never ‘an error’.”

 

13. On Man and Woman – 15 April 2015
“God has entrusted the earth to the alliance of man and of woman: its failure makes the world arid of affections and darkens the sky of hope.”

 

14. On Man and Woman as Companions – 22 April 2015
“The social devaluation of the stable and generative alliance of man and woman is certainly a loss for all.”

 

15. On Marriage – 29 April 2015
“Today it does not seem easy to speak of marriage as a celebration that is renewed in time, in the different stages of the whole life of the spouses.”

 

16. On Christian Marriage – 6 May 2015
“The Sacrament of Marriage is a Great Act of Faith and Love.”

 

17. On Family Life – 13 May 2015

 

18. On the Education of Children – 20 May 2015

 

19. On Betrothal – 27 May 2015

 

20. On Poverty and the Family – 3 June 2015

 

21. On Sickness and Suffering of Family Members – 10 June 2015

 

22. On Mourning the Loss of a Loved One – 17 June 2015

 

23. On Family Wounds (I) – 24 June 2015

 

24. On Family Wounds (II) – 5 August 2015

 

25. On Celebration – 12 August 2015

 

26. On Work – 19 August 2015

 

27. On Prayer – 26 August 2015

 

28. On Evangelisation – 2 September 2015

 

29. On Community – 9 September 2015

 

30. On Nations – 16 September 2015

 

31. On Family Spirit – 7 October 2015

 

32. On Promises to Children – 14 October 2015

 

33. On Fidelity to the Promise of Love – 21 October 2015

 

34. On Forgive us our Debts – 4 November 2015

 

35. On Conviviality – 11 November 2015

 

36. On the Welcoming Door – 18 November 2015