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‘Give voice to the pain’: New Catholic ministry seeks to help adult children of divorce

Snuffy the Snuffleupagus’ parents were supposed to have divorced in 1992. The brown, fuzzy Muppet-quasi-mammoth, a beloved feature character on... Read more

Catholic leaders warn Philippine divorce bill lacks sufficient debate

Catholic leaders in the Philippines have voiced concern that a bill aiming to legalize divorce is progressing without significant debate.  Read more

Archbishop Jose Gomez.

Families are a radical witness to hope in modern society, Archbishop Gomez says

The Christian family must become a “radical” sign against a climate of despair and isolation Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los... Read more

Pope Francis and a newly married couple Jan. 20, 2016.

Pope Francis: Lasting marriage needs self-gift and Christ's grace

A married couple striving to faithfully live out their life-long commitment to each other, need both God’s grace and love... Read more

A happy couple holding hands.

Millennials staying married at a higher rate

Philip Cohen, a sociology professor at the University of Maryland, released an analysis Sept. 15 which drew on census data... Read more

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square for a Jubilee of Mercy audience June 18, 2016.

Families are called to unity, Pope Francis says

Divorce and separation may be common, but the model families should strive after is unity, and people should not forget... Read more

Retreat fosters healing for adult children of divorce

According to the Pew Research Center, only 46 percent of Americans under the age of 18 live in a traditional... Read more

Legalizing divorce would devastate families, warn Philippines bishops

As the Philippines considers legalizing divorce, the nation’s bishops are speaking out against the measure, warning that it would be... 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

Decision by George Hodan (CC0 1.0).

Divorce numbers rise among older Americans, fall among younger couples

The divorce rate has doubled for Americans over age 50, and tripled among Americans over 65, a new survey shows.  Read more

Decision (marriage, divorce, annulment). Photo by George Hodan (CC0 1.0).

In Texas legislature, second thoughts about 'no-fault' divorce

Changes to divorce law are up for consideration in the Texas legislature, with supporters saying it is too easy to... Read more

Press conference on post-synodal apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia in Vatican City on April 8, 2016.

Integration requires conversion: reflections on Amoris laetitia

Reflecting on Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation on love in the family, two professors at the John Paul II Institute have... Read more

Post Francis' post-synodal apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia in Vatican City on April 8, 2016.

Interpreting Amoris Laetitia 'through the lens of Catholic tradition'

While some passages in Pope Francis’ new document may be unclear and open to multiple interpretations, the correct view is... Read more

Marriage is disappearing in Italy

Italy is facing a swift and dramatic collapse of the institution of marriage, according to a prominent Italian demographer and... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday general audience on May 28, 2014.

Revamped annulment process focuses on speed, role of local bishops

In a revamped marriage annulment process, Pope Francis has made significant changes, giving more of a role to the local... Read more

What does the Church really say about divorce? It might not be what you think

“I have a friend who has been divorced for 30 years. Her husband just left her one day, and she... Read more

The Eucharist is distributed during Mass with Pope Francis in Rome's Campo Verano cemetery for All Saints Day on Nov. 1, 2013.

Cardinal: Divorced, remarried Catholics need support for conversion, not changes on Communion

Catholics who have divorced and remarried need help for the “difficult climb” of conversion and spiritual growth, not a change... Read more

Repentance: A tough but true topic for divorced, remarried

The divorced and remarried can receive absolution like any other member of the faithful, the Vatican's doctrinal office has affirmed:... Read more

Women sell produce on the street in Vitebsk, Belarus, Oct. 27, 2014.

Poverty, divorce, alcoholism – no shortage of challenges for Church in Belarus

In Belarus, western Ukraine's neighbor to the north, the Church is doing its best to reach out to the people,... Read more

Cardinal Raymond Burke, prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, speaks with CNA Sept. 15, 2014.

Cardinal Burke: Media hijacking Synod on the Family

Next month's Synod on the Family has undergone an attempted hijacking by some media sources, which are fueling expectations that... Read more