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Press release | International Day of Parents 2016: The First and Primary Educators

Int Day of Parents 2016

Brussels, 1st June 2016
 
Today is the International Day of Parents, an occasion to recall that parents are the first and primary educators of their children. Every child has a mother and a father and the right to be raised by them. In those cases where it is not possible for one or both of the parents to raise their child it is the duty of society to find a solution, creating conditions as close as possible to those of the original family. This is one of the reasons why surrogacy or surrogate motherhood can never be in best interest of a child. 

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Family definition to be changed in Romanian Constitution: The constitutional amendment proposal has been filed with the Romanian Senate on Monday, 23rd May 2016

coalitia-pentru-familie-logoThe Romanian Coalition for Family, an umbrella structure that gathers dozens of organisations that promote family values, including FAFCE’s Member Association of Catholic Families Vladimir Ghika, has presented a proposal for an amendment of the Constitution aimed at clarifying the definition of the family and parental rights to the Romanian Senate. The family would be based on “the marriage of one man and one woman” rather than “a marriage between spouses”. Moreover, the new phrasing is aimed at enhancing the parental right to raise and educate children according to the parents’ own values and beliefs.

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Europe’s Catholic Family Associations come together in Fátima

FAFCE Board in FatimaOn 12 and 13 April, members of the Federation of Catholic Family Associations in Europe (FAFCE) came together for their Board Meeting. This time under the protection of Our Lady of Fátima, where the meeting took place.

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The new Apostolic Exhortation on Love in the Family, "Amoris Laetitia"

Amoris LaetitiaToday the new Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia, on love in the family was presented in Rome.

It addresses a broad range of issues related to family and marriage, such as The Joy of Love, The work of your hands, The tenderness of an embrace, The current reality of the family,The transmission of life and the rearing of children.

One chapter is dedicated to love in marriage, presenting a thourough teaching on love: Love is patient, Love is at the service of others, Love is not jealous, Love is not boastful, Love is not rude, Love is generous, Love is not irritable or resentful, Love forgives, Love rejoices with others, Love bears all things, Love believes all things, Love hopes all things, Love endures all things, Growing in conjugal love, Lifelong sharing, Joy and beauty, and so forth. 

The Exhortation can be read here

Slovenians say yes to the family: a victory for all

Metka Zevnik and Ales Primc, Co-leaders of the Coalition "It's about the children"

 

Metka Zevnik and Ales Primc, 

Co-leaders of the Coalition "It's about the children"

On 20 December 2015 Slovenians had the possibility to express their opinion on marriage, thanks to the direct involvement of many citizens and of the pro-family Coalition 'It's about the Children'. On 3 March last year the Slovenian parliament approved a bill which changed the nature of the civil marriage, which - according to this bill - was not anymore reserved to the union beetwen a woman and a man. That bill was repealed thanks to the vote of the 63,54 % of participants in a popular referendum. 

The referendum took place after a long period of uncertainty due the Parliament's refusal to accept the popular demand to vote on the bill which defines marriage as a "union between two consenting adults". Finally, the Constitutional Court allowed the popular initiative. One month after the referendum, FAFCE interviewed Father Tadej Strehovec about the future challenges for the family in Slovenia and in Europe. 

 

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