Federation of Catholic Family Associations in Europe

Family and Global Development : a clash of conceptions on human rights

Flags at the UN building, Geneva (Yann)At the twenty-ninth session of the Human Rights Council of the UN that took place in Geneva between 15 June and 3 July, a resolution on the "Protection of the Family" (A/HRC/29/L.25) was adopted (29 votes in favour, 14 against and 4 abstentions). The full title of this important and encouraging Resolution is: "Protection of the family: The contribution of the family to the realization of the right to adequate standard of living for its members, particularly through its role in poverty eradication and achieving sustainable development".

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Press Release | Irish Referendum On The Redefinition Of Marriage

Strasbourg, 20 May 2015



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Friday 22 May the Irish people is called to vote in a referendum on a possible amendment of the Constitution, which if adopted would redefine marriage from a legal point of view. If the constitutional amendment passes, the nature of civil marriage would profoundly change, as it would be possible to contract it by two persons without distinction as regards their sex.

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Press Release | 15 May 2015 - International Day of Families - The Family at the centre of the Common Good

Brussels, 15 May 2015


Friday 15 May is the International Day of Families, proclaimed for the first time by the United Nations General Assembly in 1993. A year ago, a few days ahead of the European Elections, we celebrated the 20th Anniversary of the International Year of the Family at the European Economic and Social Committee in Brussels and we underlined that “This anniversary is also an excellent occasion to recall that families that are the foundation and the future of Society need to be supported, promoted and protected in Europe and across the world”.

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Support, promote and protect the family

World Meeting of Families, Milan 2012

 Antoine Renard, FAFCE President

Founded to serve families in the light of the social teaching of the Catholic Church, and having done so for years as part of FAFCE in the context of European integration, our associations must always strive to find their rightful place in the threefold need to support, promote and protect the family.

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Slovakia stands up in defense of Marriage

After the successful referendum held in Croatia in 2013, which amended the Constitution with a provision defining marriage as beingthe union between a man and a woman, we expect to see the same thing happen in Slovakia in 2014. In fact, the Slovak organisation Alliance for Family promoted a petition that mobilized more than 400.000 citizens, requiring a binding referendum on this issue. It will take place on 7 February and will cover other sensitive issues as well as the definition of marriage: the children’s right to be raised by a father and a mother and the freedom of parents to choose how their children are educated on sexuality and euthanasia. A very complex referendum that the Constitutional Court ruled as legitimate, despite the doubts of the President, who consulted the highest Court of the Country.  These are the three questions:

Do you agree that only a bond between one man and one woman can be called marriage?

Do you agree that same-sex couples or groups should not be allowed to adopt and raise children?

Do you agree that schools cannot require children to participate in education pertaining to sexual behavior or euthanasia if their parents don’t agree?

Slovakia’s Constitution was already amended last year to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman, but the promoters of the referendum declare that the real purpose of the referendum is to protect children: “The rights of children are more important than the rights of adults.” To be legally binding, the turnout for the referendum must be more than 50 percent.

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