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Colombian archbishop proposes more than one year of marriage prep

Jul 15, 2022

By Eduardo Berdejo

Archbishop Ricardo Antonio Tobón Restrepo of Medellín called for the implementation of the "catechumenal itineraries for married life" proposed by... Read more

Michael and Deanna Johnston of Tyler, Texas, hold hands during an interview.

Should the Church require a year of marriage prep? Catholic formators weigh in

Jun 24, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Vatican last week released a document with recommendations for a year-long “marriage catechumenate” to prepare Catholic couples for the... 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

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

Pope Francis releases video message on the beauty of marriage

Jun 1, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis has asked people to pray throughout June for young people preparing for the life-long journey of marriage. Read more

Mentors are key in program to get civilly married couples back to Church

Dec 24, 2019

By Mary Farrow

When Mary Rose Verret first welcomed Douglas and Elizabeth into her home, Douglas’ boots squished with the sewage he worked... Read more

Pope Francis advises Roman Rota formation course Nov. 30, 2019.

Pope Francis: The Church seeks truth and healing for wounded marriages

Nov 30, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis said Saturday that the Church suffers with couples who are in a “wounded marriage,” and seeks their healing... Read more

Couple at sunset, Via Shutterstock.

Study shows marriage prep can drive down divorce

Apr 30, 2019

By Christine Rousselle

States that require some form of marriage preparation see lower rates of divorce, a new IFS study has shown.  Read more

Singapore archdiocese extends required marriage prep time to one year

Nov 12, 2018

The Archdiocese of Singapore has introduced a new policy to ensure couples are taking the time they need to properly... Read more

How a new study says premarital sex affects marital happiness

Oct 24, 2018

By Jonah McKeown

People who have had only one lifetime sexual partner have happier marriages than people with two or more lifetime partners,... Read more

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

Pope Francis: Marriage prep should be more than a few parish meetings

Oct 24, 2018

By Courtney Mares

In his general audience Wednesday, Pope Francis said that engaged couples require “careful preparation” for the lifelong fidelity that marriage... Read more

Pope Francis addresses participants in a training course promoted by the Roman Rota at the Archbasilica of St. John Lateran, Sept. 27, 2018.

Francis calls for 'permanent catechumenate' for married couples

Sep 27, 2018

By Ed Condon

Pope Francis has stressed the need for ongoing formation for couples, before and after marriage, saying that even the basic... Read more

Cardinal Kevin Farell.

After Cardinal Farrell’s marriage prep remarks, some Catholics ask for clarity

Jul 6, 2018

By Ed Condon

Priests, theologians, and lay pastoral workers have responded to recent comments from a senior Vatican official, which suggested that priests... Read more

Cardinal Kevin Farell.

Cardinal Farrell again says priests have ‘no credibility’ for marriage prep

Jul 5, 2018

The Vatican official leading the Church’s office for laity, family, and life has said that priests do not have the... Read more

How a new Utah law is promoting marriage prep classes

Apr 19, 2018

Utah is encouraging its citizens to better prepare for marriage by discounting the cost of marriage licenses for couples who... Read more

Wedding bands.

Amid rising divorce rates, Malawi bishops hold marriage conference

Aug 12, 2017

Divorce rates in Malawi have increased in the past few years, leading the local Catholic Church to emphasize the importance... Read more

Newly married couples meet Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square on Sept. 9, 2015.

Pope Francis makes a strong call for better marriage prep

Jan 21, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

In his annual speech to the Holy See's main court on Saturday, Pope Francis stressed the pressing need for effective... Read more


Could this save Catholic marriage prep?

Dec 19, 2016

By Matt Hadro

With high divorce rates among Catholic couples – and marriage rates plummeting among millennials – Church leaders are scrambling to... Read more

How Pope Francis thinks we should change marriage prep

Apr 10, 2016

Among the less-noticed passages of Pope Francis’ new exhortation was a lengthy section on marriage preparation, a subject that the... Read more

Is this the future of marriage prep in the Church?

Nov 8, 2015

Father Michael Delcambre looked at his congregation on Sunday and realized he had what other pastors might call an unusual... Read more

How one US archdiocese is revamping its marriage prep program

Oct 26, 2015

By Kevin J. Jones

Aiming to provide uniform spiritual and social support for engaged couples, the Archdiocese of New Orleans has made several changes... Read more