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Family Party: Passion for the Family! Interview with Maurizio Verona, President of the Family Party Association

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We had the pleasure of meeting Maurizio Verona, President of Family Party, an Italian association founded by moms and dads in order to spread the joy of family life.

These days, large families are an endangered species, and with their loss comes the disappearance of that sense of belonging and meeting between generations that has marked Western society for centuries. These roots as well as the old, but perpetually relevant, feeling of “creating family” need to be recovered. How was Family Party born with respect to this dynamic, and how does it relate to it?

Family Party is an initiative born in December of 2008 from an idea conceived by two friends, Francesco Brunetto andmyself. Observing the lack of attention our society gives to creating and taking care of environments suitable for families, we glimpsed the possibility of satisfying a family’s need for fun and recreation by private initiatives and gatherings. Family Party was founded in the wake of the “Large Families” movement that created opportunites for family members from different generations to come together, often around a large table, in order to have the pleasure of meeting together and celebrating. A typical picture of these great family meetings was that of adults gathered around a large, long table rich of food. They would be absorbed by intriguing stories, while the youngest children chased each other outside playing in the open air.

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Sexual or Existential Orientation? Two documentaries about homosexuals’ search for true love

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The key to answering the question in the title -Sexual or existential orientation?- is at the bottom of the stories told in two documentaries discussed below. These are far from lectures. Paul, Rilene, Dan and Rubén are four real people, flesh and bone, who tell their shared experiences on screen: their decision to renounce their attraction to someone of the same sex, abandon their immoral and disordered lifestyles, and embrace God in their hearts. They lived their existence deprived of rules and limits, but filled with apparent success. At the same time, however, their existence emerges as having been filled with great interior suffering, anguish, and searching, until they reached turning point that allowed them to change their lives around.

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Educating Our Children Today. Patrizio Romano tells his experience of Making Family

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We’ve interviewed Patrizio Romano, President of the association Far-Famiglia (Making Family). It arose from a cordial conversation about the issue of raising our children in today’s society, considering the often difficult and controversial issue of using technology, media, and books in the family.

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Ten Rules for Publishing Information about Our Kids on Social Networks

Ten Rules for Publishing Information about Our Kids on Social Networks

The most essential fact to keep in mind is that on social networks, especially o...

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Women are from Venus and Men are from Mars? A Norwegian Documentary Quips Gender Theory

Women are from Venus and Men are from Mars?  A Norwegian Documentary Quips Gender Theory

For some time now, a documentary that would be great to show in schools, or even...

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Family and media. Family relationship, their rappresentation on the mass media and virtual relationship

Family and media. Family relationship, their rappresentation on the mass media and virtual relationship

The first study of this third volume of the Family and Media collection presents a...

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Violent Media, Children, and Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): The Role of Genes

Violent Media, Children, and Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): The Role of Genes

One of the factors that might influence the differences found in children's cons...

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Is it possible to erase our recorded history on the internet?

Is it possible to erase our recorded history on the internet?

Google’s Advisory Council has met with experts in Rome to discuss “the right to ...

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What happens when it is the children who teach their parents to use new technology?

What happens when it is the children who teach their parents to use new technology?

The question has become more and more relevant: in what way and to what extent d...

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Alice behind the Looking Glass. Literature and knowledge of reality

Alice behind the Looking Glass. Literature and knowledge of reality

 

We offer to our readers the Introduction to the book just published, Feder...

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The Rimini Meeting. Family and New Media. Interview with Luca Gino Castellin, Social Media Team volunteer

The Rimini Meeting. Family and New Media. Interview with Luca Gino Castellin, Social Media Team volunteer

Young smiling volunteers are welcoming visitors. Journalists are running frantic...

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More than just games

The word video game is often associated with entertainment, leisure and fun , but for ...

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What is really at stake with the Synod on the Family

What is really at stake with the Synod on the Family

The Extraordinary Synod on the Family has received a great deal of attention fro...

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On the Quest for Good Reading A journey into the website Delibris.org

On the Quest for Good Reading  A journey into the website Delibris.org

We interviewed José Verdiá, director of www.delibris.org : a site that offers free o...

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Publications and Documents

pdf-icoIt’s a synod on the family, remember?
Divorce, annulments, and contraception certainly have their impact on family life, but surely it is a negative one.

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pdf-icoCreative Language: Decoding, Reframing and Defending Concepts of Human Identity
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pdf-icoFamily or Families?
Towards a better understanding of Humanization and Generativity
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pdf-icoSocial Networks: portals of truth and faith; new spaces for evangelization.
Message of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI for the 47th World Communications Day
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pdf-icoThe Familiaris consortio (On the role of the Christian Family in the Modern World) thirty years later
Cardinal Carlo Caffarra, Archbishop of Bologna. Bologna, AMBER Association, 22 January 2012.
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pdf-icoFamily relationships, how they are presented in the media, and virtual relationshipsNorberto González Gaitano (Pontifical University of the Holy Cross).Giovanni Spadolini’s Hall. Senate of the Italian Republic.International Day of the Family, May 13, 2011.
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pdf-icoThe secret of brands. What’s hidden behind the communication of fashion: real needs or only emotive suggestions?The new edition of What’s left of the media by Gianfranco Bettetini and Armando Fumagalli (Quel che resta dei media; Franco Angeli, Milan) has recently hit bookstores.
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giovanni_paolo_ii_50_50Message of John Paul II for the 38th World Communications Day (2004)
"The Media and the Family: A Risk and a Richness ."
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giovanni_paolo_ii_50_50Message of Benedict XVI for the 43rd World Communications Day (2009)
"New Technologies, New Relationships. Promoting a Culture of Respect, Dialogue and Friendship."
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