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Spanish bishop: Pope says he will not change Communion rule

Sep 25, 2014 - 02:02 am .- Amid widespread reports that Pope Francis might open the door to Communion for the divorced and civilly remarried, a Spanish bishop says the Pope told him that this scenario is not possible.  

Cardinal Burke: Media hijacking Synod on the Family

Sep 23, 2014 - 04:04 am .- Next month's Synod on the Family has undergone an attempted hijacking by some media sources, which are fueling expectations that impossible changes will be made to Church doctrine, said the head of the Church's highest court.

Vatican marriage commission could drop mandatory appeal for annulments

Sep 23, 2014 - 02:12 am .- After it was announced that Pope Francis had appointed a commission to study a reform of the process of marriage annulment, a canonist in the U.S. has suggested that dropping the requirement for mandatory appeals could preserve justice in the process.

Vatican announces commission to streamline marriage process

Sep 21, 2014 - 12:09 am .- Pope Francis will establish a commission to review the matrimonial process in canon law with the goal of simplifying the procedure while maintaining the indissolubility of marriage, the Holy See Press Office announced Saturday.

Vatican sources deny that Pope is upset over cardinals' marriage book

Sep 19, 2014 - 05:01 pm .- Catholic Church sources have dismissed rumors that Pope Francis is annoyed by an Ignatius Press book critical of Cardinal Walter Kasper’s position on Holy Communion for the divorced and remarried.  

Marriage prep begins at home, Bishop Conley says

Sep 19, 2014 - 07:33 am .- Preparation for the sacrament of Holy Matrimony begins with family life in the home long before a couple has met, said Bishop James Conley of Lincoln, Neb., and this fact cannot be overlooked in addressing the prevalence of divorce.  

No scandal here: How the 20 couples married by Pope Francis were legit

Sep 15, 2014 - 05:05 pm .- Pope Francis’ witnessing of marriages between Catholics who cohabited or who have had annulments is not a change, but is part of the Church’s effort to bring people to Jesus Christ, said two experts on Christian marriage.  

Being married by Pope Francis is a dream come true, couple says

Sep 12, 2014 - 04:46 pm .- An Italian couple to be married over the weekend by Pope Francis say they could not wish for anything more than to receive the Sacrament of Matrimony from the pontiff who has influenced their lives so greatly.  

In rare move, Pope Francis to publicly celebrate 20 marriages

Sep 5, 2014 - 05:42 am .- The Vatican has released the schedule of Pope Francis' main liturgical celebrations for the month of September, during which he will publicly perform the marriage of 20 couples.

Catholic couple marks 25th wedding anniversary at Rimini Meeting

Aug 28, 2014 - 08:04 pm .- An Italian couple celebrating their 25th anniversary of marriage by volunteering at the Rimini Meeting, a major Catholic event, aimed to reflect the beauty of their faith and to thank God for their love.  

Supreme Court halts marriage redefinition in Virginia

Aug 21, 2014 - 11:11 am .- The U.S. Supreme Court put a hold on same-sex “marriage” licenses in Virginia on Wednesday after a federal appeals court struck down the state’s marriage defense amendment in July.

Marriage's indissolubility a dogma, cardinal clarifies

Aug 5, 2014 - 02:06 am .- In a book-length interview, Cardinal Gerhard Mueller has underscored that the indissolubility of the marriage is no mere doctrine, but a dogma of the Church, and stressed the need to recover the sacramental understanding of marriage and family.

Working-class marriage rate hurt by weak church efforts

Jul 30, 2014 - 08:02 am .- A “national retreat” from marriage could worsen social divides between the married and unmarried and plummeting rates are partly due to religious groups failing to reach the working class, says one scholar.

Rubio: Economic health tied to morality, community

Jul 25, 2014 - 06:16 am .- A strong national economy requires strong families, supported by both government and the broader community, said Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) in a recent policy speech.

Federal judge strikes down Colo. marriage defense amendment

Jul 24, 2014 - 08:07 pm .- A federal judge ruled Wednesday against Colorado’s marriage defense amendment, leading the state attorney general to say the case will ultimately be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court. 

Bishops: Practicing religion in public is not discrimination

Jul 19, 2014 - 06:49 am .- Americans must be free to practice their faith in the public square – including business decisions – without being viewed as discriminatory, urged four U.S. bishops.

Human rights court: Europe cannot be forced to redefine marriage

Jul 18, 2014 - 02:56 am .- The European Court of Human Rights ruled that the refusal to recognize same-sex “marriages” does not violate the European Convention on Human Rights.

Video showing marriage of young man with cancer goes viral

Jul 3, 2014 - 04:09 pm .- Millions of viewers around the world have watched a YouTube video showing the determination of a young man in the Philippines to marry the love of his life just hours before dying of terminal cancer.

Toronto cardinal: Catholic teaching on divorce not changing

Jul 2, 2014 - 12:05 am .- Catholic teaching on divorce and remarriage is “not open to change” as it is faithful to Jesus but the Church can do better in helping those suffering in this area, says Cardinal Thomas Collins of Toronto.

Show joy of Christian family life, Denver archbishop teaches

Jul 1, 2014 - 12:02 pm .- Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila of Denver has published a pastoral letter calling on Catholics to live their faith in their families and to renew the role of the family in broader culture.

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