World Meeting of Families 2015

Speakers say couples facing infertility need prayer, understanding

Family, friends and community members, including pastors, must do all they can to help childless couples through their suffering, the cardinal said at a session of the World Meeting of Families.

Fewer children born, fewer marriages, point to global changes afoot

Speakers at a World Meeting of Families session Sept. 23 looked at the facts, consequences and solutions to the world's demographic shift.

Family needs defense by ‘heroes’ in dark world, cardinal tells delegates

In a keynote speech at the World Meeting of Families, Guinean Cardinal Robert Sarah explored the scriptural tension of good and evil in the family.

Parking policy forces unexpected closure of vendor exhibits

For a World Meeting of Families congress that has gone smoothly so far, a glitch arose Thursday, Sept. 24 as hundreds of exhibitors packed up their wares, at a loss.

Understanding marriage can lead to healthier society, speakers assert

Legal scholars told delegates at the World Meeting of Families of the pitfalls of today's marriage debate that fails to define marriage itself.

Do more than talk about religious vocations, speakers say

If more people are going to enter religious life, it will take more than words to attract their attention, according to women religious speaking at a Sept. 23 talk at the World Meeting of Families.

Spend time, ‘waste time,’ do more as family, couple advises

During their talk at the World Meeting of Families, Greg and Lisa Popcak told how American families can spend more than the national average of 15 minutes each day together, especially on Sunday.

Canadian speaker tells of personal experience with divorce, annulment

As the director of the Catholic Organization for Life and Family, Michele Boulva is well-known in the Canadian Catholic Church. Yet at the World Meeting of Families Sept. 23, she mentioned something she had never told publicly before.

Cardinal warns of harm to families due to climate change

“Let us not bequeath a wilderness” to future generations, Cardinal Peter Turkson said of the environment and Pope Francis' encyclical during a World Meeting of Families talk Sept. 23.

March into the world in image of God, bishop tells families’ congress

Bishop Robert Barron, one of the Catholicism's most acclaimed speakers (besides Pope Francis), reminded the World Meeting of Families' attendees of their prophetic roles rooted in the Bible.