Marriage Preparation

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

Pope Francis releases video message on the beauty of marriage

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

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

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

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Study shows marriage prep can drive down divorce

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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

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?

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

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

A newly married couple snaps a selfie with Pope Francis at the Wednesday general audience in Paul VI Hall, Feb. 4, 2015.

Love requires work – not just attraction or feelings, Pope tells couples

In his weekly general audience, Pope Francis said the process of engagement is essential for any couple on their way... Read more

Formation for marriage can't end at the wedding, Catholic couple says

As the Church continues to reflect on the pastoral needs of the family following the recent Synod of Bishops, there... Read more

Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster.

Cardinal shines light on migration, marriage prep in family synod

The effects of migration and poverty upon families, the pastoral care of children, the Eucharist in connection to our understanding... Read more