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What is NFP? Natural family planning (NFP), often referred to as fertility awareness-based methods (FABMs), is based upon pinpointing the fertile times in a woman’s body by observing and charting the natural signs in her menstrual cycle. There are several different ways to classify the primary methods of natural family planning. Some of these definitions…

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From 1979 to 1984, Saint John Paul II gave 129 weekly talks on human sexuality and marriage. He delivered these addresses during his Wednesday public audiences in St. Peter’s Square. The title he most often used was Theology of the Body (TOB). The word “theology” means the study of God. More precisely, it means the…

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Humanae Vitae (On Human Life) is Pope Paul VI’s famed 1968 encyclical on contraception and reproductive ethics. Written in light of a study commissioned by the Vatican on modern reproductive issues, its timing coincided with the sudden prevalence of contraception and concerns about overpopulation in society at large. Pope Paul VI’s writings reaffirmed long-held Church…

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Protection of the Unborn

“What is urgently called for is a general mobilization of consciences and a united ethical effort to activate a great campaign in support of life.” — Pope St. John Paul II, Evangelium Vitae, ¶95 The release of St. Pope John Paul II’s encyclical Evangelium Vitae in 1995 marked a watershed moment in the history of…

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Man as Collaborator “Married people are the free and responsible collaborators with God the Creator in the most serious duty of transmitting human life,” reads the very first sentence of Humanae Vitae.  Explicit mention of God also occurs at least 24 times in the encyclical.  Then Pope Paul VI refers to married couples being “collaborators”…

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