- Jan 17, 2020
The sacrament of marriage cannot be “improvised,” but must be prepared for, nourished and supported throughout the couple’s journey, Pope Francis said.
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.
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.
A Ghanaian archbishop called on Christians to be modest in the celebration of weddings, noting that pressure on young people to have expensive weddings is partly to blame for couples living together without marrying.
A program in Philadelphia helps couples dealing with difficult marriages.
National Marriage Week is Feb. 7-14, 2019, in the U.S. Catholic Church. World Marriage Day is celebrated Feb. 10 this year.