- Aug 4, 2021
Six Catholic bishops appealed to the Nigerian government to review its stand on a directive that houses of worship must obtain an annual license before performing marriages and issuing marriage certificates to newly wedded couples.
Two Vatican developments have occurred over the last week, neither of which on its own amounts to a thunderclap, but each of which, in its own way, is still noteworthy.
The Third Option Program was founded in the mid-1980s in Syracuse, N.Y., to save troubled marriages by supporting and mentoring Catholic and other couples to help them address their difficulties. It is now an international program.
With waves of arrests, Pakistani investigators are trying to unravel trafficking networks that convince impoverished Pakistanis to marry off their daughters to Chinese men for cash, and they say evidence is growing that many of the women and girls are sold into prostitution once in China.
Hundreds of Pakistani girls have been married off to Chinese men in return for cash payments to their families, most of them Christians, a community that is among the poorest of the poor in the country.
Italian bishops deliver excuses on streamlining marriage annulments and reducing the number of dioceses, but bring results on child protection.
Ireland should do more to support marriage, instead of making it easier to get a divorce, says Bishop Denis Nulty.
Pope Francis on Monday read bishops the riot act for failing to implement a revised marriage annulment procedure he rolled out in 2015, saying that after four years, most dioceses have not applied the new process.