Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

6/3/2014 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Dogs and cats are never a substitute for a family

In a special mass at the Vatican, Pope Francis told 15 couples that they should never substitute pets for children. The Catholic Church requires all couples seeking a sacramental marriage to agree to accept children as a gift from God. If an engaged couple informs the clergyman that they will not even consider having children, he cannot proceed with the wedding ceremony.

Pope Francis warned couples that they should not delay childbirth for comfort.

Pope Francis warned couples that they should not delay childbirth for comfort.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

6/3/2014 (1 year ago)

Published in Living Faith

Keywords: News, Religion, marriage, Pope Francis, domestic church


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Those who own pets instead of having and raising children will find an old age of solitude and the "bitterness of loneliness," the Pope said during the daily Mass.

The couples who attended the mass at the Pope's Santa Marta residence were all married between 25 and 60 years.

Join Pope Francis' Holy War against world hunger.

During the service, the Pope was critical of couples who delay having children. He said that they are being seduced by the myth that a life of material comfort is better than a family.

"You can go explore the world, go on holiday, you can have a villa in the countryside, you can be carefree," he said. "It might be better-more comfortable-to have a dog, two cats, and the love goes to the two cats and the dog. Is this true or not? Have you seen it?"

"Then, in the end this marriage comes to old age in solitude, with the bitterness of loneliness," he added.

According to Vatican Radio, the Pope told those gathered that the three most important aspects of Christian marriage are fidelity, perseverance and fruitfulness.

The Catholic Church requires all couples seeking a sacramental marriage to agree to accept children as a gift from God. If an engaged couple informs the clergyman that they will not even consider having children, he cannot proceed with the wedding ceremony.

The pledge is a part of the vows which the couple offer during the actual Liturgy. They are asked individually by the priest or deacon who witnesses their marriage: "Will you accept children lovingly from God, and bring them up according to the law of Christ and his Church?" They must answer "yes".   The Christian teaching has always been that love is fruitful.

The Pope also spent some time on June 1 at a football stadium in Rome in order to tell a rally of 50,000 members of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal movement that Satan is trying to destroy the idea of the domestic church of the family.

The Pope listened to the testimony of numerous people, including a family of five and blessed them to give them strength against the devil's attacks. He said that families face attacks from the devil "because Jesus grows" within the Christian family, "in parent's love and children's lives."

The Catholic Church declares that the Christian family is a domestic church, the church in the home. Further, that the Christian family is the first cell of the whole Church, which is a family of families. So it should come as no real surprise that the enemy of the Church would strike at its smallest cell.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copyright 2015 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for April 2016
Universal:
Small Farmers: That small farmers may receive a just reward for their precious labor.
Evangelization: African Christians: That Christians in Africa may give witness to love and faith in Jesus Christ amid political-religious conflicts.



Comments


More Living Faith

5 tips for Catholics to stay positive Watch

Image of Stay positive by following five simple tips (WikiMedia Commons).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Do you - or someone you know - struggle with maintaining a positive attitude? Are people less inclined to spend time with you due to your poor attitude? Are you tired of wallowing in negativity? Try these simple tips to change the course of your life forever! LOS ... continue reading


LISTEN NOW: Benedictine nuns release new album Watch

Image of Nuns record new album to promote faith (Churchpop).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Benedictine nuns in Missouri recently released their latest album <i>Adoration at Ephesus</i> - and it is amazing! LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Mother Cecilia, the prioress of the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles, told <a ... continue reading


Why are these transparent wires being put up in cities around the world? Watch

Image of Eruv lines are set up in cities around the world to make life easier for Orthodox Jews.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Members of an ultra-conservative religious denomination are stringing transparent wires around many urban neighborhoods, all for religious reasons. These nearly invisible wires form webs in cities such as New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. What are these wires and ... continue reading


'[D]on't ignore us:' Pope Francis explains the difference between knowledge and real love Watch

Image of Knowing about God is not the same as loving Him (Vanvick/Wordpress).

By Elise Harris (CNA/EWTN News)

On Wednesday Pope Francis said that just because someone is an expert in God's law and a strict adherent to the rules doesn't necessarily mean they know how to love and serve others. Vatican City, Rome (CNA/EWTN News) - "It's not automatic that whoever frequents the ... continue reading


Miracle in the Philippines: Tribe converted to Christianity after hearing Gospel and watching 'Passion of the Christ' Watch

Image of Manobo tribe embraces Jesus (tikbo).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

The Manobo tribe of the Philippines were taught the Gospel and viewed Mel Gibson's "Passion of the Christ" film, which led several to convert to Christianity. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to missionaries from Christian Aid Mission, nearly the entire ... continue reading


'I just couldn't believe it:' Oklahoma officers seize Christian charity money Watch

Image of Christian rocker stripped of charity money after being accused of engaging in drug activities.

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Christian rock band Klo & Kweh was driving through Oklahoma when they were pulled over for a broken headlight. What happened next was a shock that rippled throughout the Christian community. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to <a ... continue reading


Pope Francis decrees instances of miracles and martyrdom Watch

Image of Pope Francis spoke of saints on Tuesday.

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

On Tuesday, Pope Francis spoke of several men and women worthy of canonization. He included miracle attributions and stories of martyrdom. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to Vatican Radio, Pope Francis received a private audience with Cardinal Angelo ... continue reading


Christians deserve equal protection too! - Christian baker case may go to Supreme Court Watch

Image of Christian bakers should not be forced to participate in someone else's sin.

By David Drudge (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

The case of a pair of bakers who refused to bake a cake for a lesbian couple, may go all the way to the Supreme Court and resolve the apparent infringement of their First and Fourteenth Amendments. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - The attorney for Aaron and ... continue reading


Pope Francis writes moving letters to prisoners Watch

Image of Prisoners in Velletri receive letters from the Pope.

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Inmates at Italian prison Velletri wrote Pope Francis letters earlier this year - and received personal replies. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to Vatican Radio, the prisoners gave their letters to Bishop Marcello Semeraro, the Bishop of Albano, during a ... continue reading


3 inspirational reminders of hope for Catholics facing darkness Watch

Image of (Photo by: AJGIEL)

By Abigail James (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Tears roll down my face as a sea of blankets threaten to pull me completely under. I fight to stay afloat while the darkness continues to pull me down like a thousand needles hooked to anchors. Terrifying thoughts run rampant through my fragile mind, "what's the point ... continue reading


All Living Faith News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

the FEED
by Catholic Online

  • LISTEN NOW: Benedictine nuns release new album
  • St. Catherine of Siena: Saint of the Day for Friday, April 29, 2016
  • Why are these transparent wires being put up in cities around the world?
  • Daily Readings for Friday, April 29, 2016
  • A Marriage Blessing Prayer HD Video
  • 5 tips for Catholics to stay positive
  • Daily Reading for Sunday, May 1st, 2016 HD Video

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Acts 15:7-21
7 and after a long discussion, Peter stood up and addressed them. 'My ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 96:1-2, 2-3, 10
1 Sing a new song to Yahweh! Sing to Yahweh, all the earth!2 ... Read More

Gospel, John 15:9-11
9 I have loved you just as the Father has loved me. Remain in my ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for April 28th, 2016 Image

St. Peter Chanel
April 28: In St. Peter Chanel, Priest and Martyr (Feast day ... Read More