Catholic Marriage

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As marriage rates continue to plunge, how can the Church get more people to the altar?

Jul 11, 2024

By Daniel Payne

Catholic marriage rates dropped by about 70% between 1969 and 2019, according to data from Georgetown’s Center for Applied Research... Read more


Orthodox, Catholic representatives issue ‘challenging recommendation’ on interfaith marriage

Mar 8, 2024

By Kate Quiñones

The document recommends that the Orthodox Church recognize Catholic marriage and the Catholic Church take steps to recognize Orthodox remarriages. Read more

Dr. Brad Wilcox, director of the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia, speaks to ENN Host Tracy Sabol on Feb. 12, 2024.

Married, churchgoing couples among the happiest, data says

Feb 13, 2024

By Daniel Payne

Contrary to popular perception, data indicate that married men and women are markedly happier than their unmarried counterparts. Read more

Mary Rose and Ryan Verret.

Pope Francis names U.S. Catholic marriage advocates as advisers to Vatican family dicastery

Jan 26, 2024

By Daniel Payne

The Holy Father named Ryan and Mary Rose Verret of the marriage ministry Witness to Love as consultants to the... Read more

A baptismal font in St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna, Austria.

Vatican doctrine office: Transgender-identifying people can be baptized, witness marriages

Nov 8, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith issued the document in response to questions from a Brazilian bishop. Read more

Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury, England, presides over a Mass for marriage in his diocese on Oct. 14, 2023.

UK bishop: Marriage is ‘at risk of being eradicated altogether’

Oct 21, 2023

By Madeleine Teahan

During a sermon Oct. 14 at a Mass for a diocesan celebration of marriage, Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury encouraged... Read more

Cardinal Blase Cupich.

Cupich on German processes, same-sex blessings, role of women

Jul 14, 2023

By AC Wimmer

The archbishop of Chicago spoke about the Germany Synodal Way and blessing of same-sex unions as well as the pontificate... Read more


Vatican preparing text for divorced and remarried couples, Cardinal Farrell says

Apr 25, 2023

By Jonah McKeown

The Dicastery for the Laity, Family, and Life will prepare the text at the request of Pope Francis. Read more

Pope Francis greets a married couple at a Wednesday General Audience.

Pope Francis: Marriage is a lifelong union between a man and woman

Jan 27, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis on Friday reiterated the Church’s perennial teaching on marriage as a lifelong union between a man and a... Read more

Singer Britney Spears attends the MTV Bash at the Hollywood Palladium on June 28, 2003 in Hollywood, California.

Britney Spears clarifies she asked for a Catholic church wedding: ‘I don’t like being called a liar’

Aug 10, 2022

By Katie Yoder

The American pop star has more to say about wanting to be married in a Catholic church. Read more

Britney Spears (L) and Sam Asghari arrive at the premiere of Sony Pictures' "Once Upon A Time ... In Hollywood" at the Chinese Theatre on July 22, 2019 in Hollywood, California. The couple wed in June 2022.

Britney Spears’ wedding: Who can get married in a Catholic church?

Aug 4, 2022

By Katie Yoder

There are four main requirements to have a Catholic church wedding, a priest tells CNA. Read more


When is the right time to seek out Catholic marriage counseling?

Jul 7, 2022

By Courtney Mares

“Do we need marriage counseling?” If you are asking the question, there’s a good chance that you would benefit from... Read more

Blessed Luigi and Maria Beltrame Quattrocchi.

First married couple to be beatified together featured at World Meeting of Families

Jun 22, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Blessed Luigi and Maria Beltrame Quattrocchi are the official patrons of the 10th World Meeting of Families taking place in... Read more

Pope Francis’ general audience in St. Peter’s Square, June 8, 2022.

Pope Francis says Catholic marriage preparation is a ‘duty of justice’ in text for dioceses

Jun 15, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

The pope wrote the preface of a new Vatican document for priests working with engaged couples. Read more

Bishop Santiago Gómez Sierra of Huelva.

Priests back bishop attacked in media for defending life and the family

Jun 8, 2022

By Walter Sánchez Silva

Bishop Santiago Gómez Sierra encouraged Catholics to vote for those who share Christian values. Read more

Married couples gather in Częstochowa, Poland, on June 4-5, 2022. Equipes Notre-Dame.

Married couples from across Europe pray at Marian shrine in Poland

Jun 7, 2022

By CNA Staff

One couple traveled from Odesa in war-torn southern Ukraine. Read more

Pope Francis addresses members of the Roman Rota in the Vatican’s Clementine Hall, Jan. 27, 2022.

Pope Francis urges Roman Rota to work with ‘synodal spirit’

Jan 27, 2022

By CNA Staff

The Rota is the Church’s highest court handling appeals of marriage annulment cases. Read more

Pope Francis gives his Angelus address on Dec. 26, 2021.

Pope Francis: Pray for peace in the family

Dec 26, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

“Please, each day, let us pray a little bit together, if you can make the effort, to ask God for... Read more

Pope Francis greets a couple during a meeting with members of the Retrouvaille marriage ministry Nov. 6, 2021

Pope Francis encourages married couples to rely on Christ in letter for Feast of the Holy Family

Dec 26, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

“Families have always been in my thoughts and prayers, but especially so during the pandemic,” Pope Francis said. Read more

Nancy and Kelly McKeague of Alexandria, Va., say their Catholic faith provided an "anchor" to their marriage during Kelly's service in the U.S. Air Force.

Military spouse 'virtual date night' video series launched on Veterans Day

Nov 11, 2021

By Joe Bukuras

To coincide with Veterans Day, a marriage ministry has launched a free “virtual date night” video series specifically for military... Read more