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Filipino newlyweds dance in the street during a reception in Baleno town, Masbate island province in the central Philippines, April 15, 2007.

Filipino bishops urge nation to ‘take a little more time’ before legalizing civil divorce

Jul 12, 2024

By Daniel Payne

The Philippines is the only nation in the world, other than the Vatican, where divorce is still outlawed.  Read more

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GOP softens pro-marriage language in 2024 platform

Jul 9, 2024

By Daniel Payne

In its 2016 platform, the GOP had defended “traditional marriage and family,” which it said was “based on marriage between... Read more

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Why do so many Catholics use contraception? Experts weigh in

May 14, 2024

By Daniel Payne

Large majorities of Catholics use birth control, which experts say is “a crisis of catechesis within the Church.” Read more

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Japanese company’s pivot to adult diapers underscores crashing fertility rates worldwide

Apr 10, 2024

By Daniel Payne

Oji Holdings’ pivot to adult diaper manufacturing underscores an ongoing crisis facing many developed nations around the world: cratering fertility... Read more

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How the U.S. bishops are reaching non-Catholics on issues of marriage and sexuality 

Mar 1, 2024

By Kate Quiñones

The Love Means More (LMM) initiative is meant to reflect the foundational principles of the Catholic understanding of love in... Read more

Father Peter Adamski.

How a tragic loss led a successful businessman to the priesthood

Nov 9, 2023

By Francesca Pollio Fenton

After losing his wife of 40 years, Father Peter Adamski pursued a calling to the priesthood that he had experienced... 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

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Experts speculate on why marriage is declining — and what to do about it

Jul 25, 2023

By Daniel Payne

Rates of marriage continue to fall, leading experts to offer various explanations for the troubling trend as well as potential... Read more

Same-sex wedding cake.

Cardinal Eijk: Same-sex blessings undermine Church teaching on marriage, sexual ethics

Sep 30, 2022

By Carl Bunderson

The archbishop of Utrecht has urged that the Flemish bishops be asked to withdraw their statement introducing blessing ceremonies for... Read more

Cardinal Francis Arinze.

Cardinal Arinze explains why Belgian bishops can’t bless same-sex couples

Sep 26, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

The Belgian bishops’ introduction of blessing ceremonies for same-sex couples has drawn rebuke from the former head of the Vatican’s... Read more

March for Life and Family in Warsaw, Poland, Sept. 19, 2022.

Poland’s March for Life and Family draws 10,000 people

Sep 19, 2022

By Justyna Galant

An estimated 10,000 people walked through the streets of Poland’s capital on Sunday to take part in the National March... Read more

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Three Catholic dating tips in a society of 'swiping' and 'ghosting'

Feb 14, 2022

By Francesca Pollio Fenton

Dating in today’s world can be hard. We live in a society where “swiping right” and “ghosting” are a part... Read more

What is it that God is calling you to do with your life?

Taking time to ask, 'What is God's will?'

Dec 24, 2021

By Autumn Jones

Discerning your vocation is about more than pursuing a celibate vocation alone, said Father Ryan O’Neill, director of vocations for... Read more

Our Lady of Fatima.

Fatima visionary predicted 'final battle' would be over marriage, family

Oct 13, 2021

By CNA Staff

Sister Lucia dos Santos, one of the three children who witnessed the Marian apparitions at Fatima, died in 2005. But... 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

Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds in London, England, May 6, 2021.

Church says ‘all formalities completed’ before twice-divorced UK PM’s wedding at Catholic cathedral

May 31, 2021

By CNA Staff

Boris Johnson married Carrie Symonds at Westminster Cathedral on May 29. Read more

Cardinal Luis Ladaria Ferrer, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, in Rome June 28, 2018. Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Cardinal Ladaria: Pastoral care, Church law are not in conflict in marriage cases

Apr 28, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

The cardinal spoke at a study day devoted to the 2001 instruction Potestas ecclesiae. Read more

Bishop urges prayer, fasting in response to blessings of same-sex couples in Germany

Apr 19, 2021

In response to a planned day of blessings for same-sex partners in Germany, the Bishop of San Sebastián on Wednesday... Read more

Cardinal Christoph Schonborn at Amoris Laetitia press conference at the Vatican on April 8, 2016.

Viennese cardinal displeased by Vatican 'no' to same-sex blessings

Mar 25, 2021

Christoph Cardinal Schönborn has declared he was “not happy with the explanation of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the... Read more

Cardinal Kevin Farrell, prefect of the Vatican Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life.

Cardinal Farrell: Blessings are for marriage, but Church’s pastoral life is for all

Mar 18, 2021

The Church’s pastoral life is open to all people, but blessings are reserved for couples who are married according to... Read more