Every person has an inherent and immeasurable worth and dignity. Each human life is sacred, from its start to its end.
“How can it be that it is not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure, but it is news when the stock market loses two points?”
Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium
4 May 2021 On May 14th, Pope Francis will formally open the States-General on Natality, an online initiative devoted to the future of demography in Italy and in the world. This event will reverberate beyond Italy, especially in Europe, since
Recognition of Parenthood for Cross-Border Family Situations: FAFCE’s President urges President von der Leyen to protect the best interests of the child
27 April 2021, During her State of the Union address in September 2020, EU Commission President Ursula Von Der Leyen declared “if you are parent in one country, you are parent in every country.” This statement is
23 April 2021 On 21 April 2021, FAFCE contributed to the European Commission’s public consultation on the Green Paper on Ageing (click to download: FAFCE Contribution Green Paper on Ageing Questionnaire). The European Commission had invited stakeholders and the
22 April 2021 “Between God and the individual soul, however, there are no insignificant moments; this is the mystery of divine providence.” Servant of God Walter Ciszek, S.J., He Leadeth Me Today, Christ put me into these exact circumstances
FAFCE’s contribution seeks to offer to the Commission a comprehensive and cross-cutting legal framework for addressing all forms of online child sexual abuse and proposes five specific policies. Overall, the online protection of children must be a top priority of the European Union, in order to create a welcoming environment where children can learn, play, and have access to useful services while fully protected from the dreadful risks of online abuse.
A holistic integration of the insights of the Papal Encyclical Laudato Si' into society naturally results in the creation of family policies...Pope Francis’s warning about the dissolution of social bonds constitutes a central current of Laudato Si'. He writes, “the growth of the past two centuries has not always led to an integral development and an improvement in the quality of life. Some of these signs are also symptomatic of real social decline, the silent rupture of the bonds of integration and social cohesion” ( paragraph 46). Family is an indispensable tool of social inclusion and cohesion. Strong families build strong communities, and strong communities protect and empower children to become responsible and impactful citizens that will respect our shared planet as a shared home.
"The proposed law moves to restrict the practice only for those children whose births are considered by the bill’s proponents as outside Russia’s national interest. While it is important that Russia is taking a step toward outlawing an exploitative and medically risky practice, it does so without taking a moral stance against surrogacy."
22 March 2021, The debates on the legalisation of euthanasia continue in Portugal. For now, Portugal does not seem to follow the path of Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and, most recently, Spain, the four European countries who permit euthanasia.
News from our Members: discussions in Ireland on the introduction of euthanasia and assisted suicide
Brussels, 25 February 2021 Family Solidarity, our FAFCE Member in Ireland, recently presented a submission to the Committee on Justice of the Oireachtas (the National Parliament of the Republic of Ireland), targeting the law proposal “Dying with Dignity Bill 2020”,
INVITATION | FAFCE-COMECE joint Webinar on “The Elderly and the Future of Europe” (1st March 2021, 15.00 – 16.15 CET)
Following the publication of a joint Reflexion Paper on "The Elderly and the Future of Europe", the Federation of Catholic Family Associations in Europe (FAFCE) and the Conference Commission of the Bishops' Conferences of the European Union (COMECE) are