• Will Catholic bishops annul Pope Francis’ marriage reform initiative?

    • Sep 22, 2014

    VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has appointed a special commission to look at ways to make it easier for Roman Catholics to dissolve their marriages in the eyes of the church. The goal of the 11-member commission announced Saturday, is to reform the process, “with the objective of simplifying its procedure,

  • Photos of the wedding at the Vatican

    • Sep 15, 2014

    Forty ‘‘I do’s’’ — or ‘‘Si’’ in Italian — were pronounced in St. Peter’s Basilica Sunday as Pope Francis married 20 couples, with one bride already a mother. Read more about the wedding here.

  • Pope Francis married 20 couples in St. Peter’s Basilica

    • Sep 15, 2014

    VATICAN CITY — Forty ‘‘I do’s’’ — or ‘‘Si’’ in Italian — were pronounced in St. Peter’s Basilica Sunday as Pope Francis married 20 couples, with one bride already a mother. Francis in his homily likened families to the ‘‘bricks that build society.’’ Among the couples, all from the Rome

  • Surprise! One of the Church’s family issues is polygamy

    • Sep 11, 2014

    Say “family issues” to most Americans or Europeans, and they’re likely to flash on divorce, or the challenges of single-parent households, or perhaps same-sex relationships and the push for gay marriage. What probably wouldn’t come naturally to mind is polygamy. Yet in many parts of the non-Western world, polygamy is

  • Pope to marry couples with kids and who live together

    • Sep 11, 2014

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Among the men and women Pope Francis was set to unite in marriage were Catholics who have been living together as well as couples who already have children. The pope, who is the bishop of Rome, will preside over his first wedding ceremony as pontiff during

  • Pope Francis to celebrate wedding Mass for 20 couples

    • Sep 2, 2014

    VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis will officiate at the weddings of 20 couples who plan to tie the knot at St. Peter’s Basilica on Sept. 14. The Vatican said that the couples, all from Rome, would be married by the pope, who is also recognized as the bishop of Rome.