National / International News

National / International News

Catholic feminist sees beauty of marriage and pitfalls of 'gospel of me'

PHILADELPHIA (CNS) -- Helen Alvare is a law professor at George Mason University, a consultant to the Vatican and the U.S. bishops about marriage and life issues, and has been a recognized defender of Catholic teaching on marriage and the family for many years. She also is a wife and mother.

Church and society must learn from families, pope says at audience

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Society and the Church have much to learn from the family and, in fact, the bond between the Church and the family is "indissoluble," Pope Francis said.

Philadelphia couple joins family synod as marriage experts

PHILADELPHIA (CNS) -- Cathy and Tony Witczak of St. Isaac Jogues Parish, in Wayne, Pennsylvania, were taken by surprise when they were notified Pope Francis had invited them to participate as observers at the Synod of Bishops on the family, meeting in Rome through Oct. 26.