- Aug 4, 2021
Pope Francis for the month of June is asking faithful to join him in praying for young couples preparing for marriage – an intention that falls within the broader year dedicated to Amoris Laetitia, the pope’s major document on family life.
When Auxiliary Bishop Jorge Rodriguez of Denver moved to the U.S. from Europe, one thing that made the country “exceptionally beautiful” was the number of families with multiple children spending time together, a distinction he fears might be slipping away.
For many U.S. couples yearning to be married, the pandemic has wreaked havoc on their wedding plans while bolstering their teamwork and resilience. For couples already married, it has posed a host of new tests, bringing some closer, pulling others apart.
Neha loved the hymns that filled her church with music. But she lost the chance to sing them last year when, at the age of 14, she was forcibly converted from Christianity to Islam and married to a 45-year-old man with children twice her age.
Julio Mora slipped away from his parents to secretly marry Waldramina Quinteros one February day. Both families disapproved.
An interview with Julie Hanlon Rubio and Jason King on marriage, families, and sex.
Discovering one’s vocation to marriage, priesthood or religious life and making the decision to embrace it takes courage, Pope Francis said.
Mario and Paola Martinez , who co-direct the Diocese of San Bernardino’s new Office for Marriage and Family Life, said they see the role as an opportunity to serve their community while also offering an example of both lay and Latino leadership.