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 A session of the Synod on the New Evangelization, October 12, 2012.

'There is no authentic and true pastoral care against doctrine'

Oct 3, 2014

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Despite media expectations for the upcoming synod of bishops, Pope Francis will make his final decisions in his legitimate role... Read more

Bishop Gerhard Ludwig Mueller.

Cardinal Mueller: Do not remove challenges of Gospel

Oct 1, 2014

With the Synod on the Family just days away, the head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith... Read more

Arturo and Hermelinda de Sa Zamperline.

Family life requires love of God, say married synod participants

Sep 30, 2014

A Brazilian couple who will speak at the upcoming Synod on the Family at the Vatican said they hope to... Read more

Cardinal Walter Kasper.

Interview excerpts: Cardinal Kasper responds

Sep 29, 2014

On Sept. 29, the Argentine daily La Nacion published an interview with Cardinal Walter Kasper, who has drawn significant media... Read more

Spanish bishop: Pope says he will not change Communion rule

Sep 25, 2014

Amid widespread reports that Pope Francis might open the door to Communion for the divorced and civilly remarried, a Spanish... Read more

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

Cardinal Burke: Media hijacking Synod on the Family

Sep 23, 2014

By Ann Schneible

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

Photo by George Hodan (CC0 1.0).

Vatican marriage commission could drop mandatory appeal for annulments

Sep 23, 2014

After it was announced that Pope Francis had appointed a commission to study a reform of the process of marriage... Read more

Vatican announces commission to streamline marriage process

Sep 20, 2014

Pope Francis will establish a commission to review the matrimonial process in canon law with the goal of simplifying the... Read more

Wedding Rings.

Vatican sources deny that Pope is upset over cardinals' marriage book

Sep 19, 2014

Catholic Church sources have dismissed rumors that Pope Francis is annoyed by an Ignatius Press book critical of Cardinal Walter... Read more

Bishop James Conley.

Marriage prep begins at home, Bishop Conley says

Sep 19, 2014

Preparation for the sacrament of Holy Matrimony begins with family life in the home long before a couple has met,... Read more

A couple newly married by Pope Francis receives communion in St. Peter's Basilica on Sept. 14, 2014.

No scandal here: How the 20 couples married by Pope Francis were legit

Sep 15, 2014

By Kevin J. Jones, Ann Schneible

Pope Francis’ witnessing of marriages between Catholics who cohabited or who have had annulments is not a change, but is... Read more

Marco Purcaro and Laura Capurso speak to CNA in St. Peter's Square on Sept. 11, 2014. The couple will be married by Pope Francis.

Being married by Pope Francis is a dream come true, couple says

Sep 12, 2014

An Italian couple to be married over the weekend by Pope Francis say they could not wish for anything more... Read more

Couples at the Vatican wait to be blessed by Pope Francis on Oct. 16, 2013.

In rare move, Pope Francis to publicly celebrate 20 marriages

Sep 5, 2014

By Elise Harris

The Vatican has released the schedule of Pope Francis' main liturgical celebrations for the month of September, during which he... Read more

Mrs. Daniela Burgio (Back Center) and husband with three of their five children attend the Rimini Meeting, August 25, 2014.

Catholic couple marks 25th wedding anniversary at Rimini Meeting

Aug 28, 2014

By Andrea Gagliarducci

An Italian couple celebrating their 25th anniversary of marriage by volunteering at the Rimini Meeting, a major Catholic event, aimed... Read more

U.S. Supreme Court.

Supreme Court halts marriage redefinition in Virginia

Aug 21, 2014

By Matt Hadro

The U.S. Supreme Court put a hold on same-sex “marriage” licenses in Virginia on Wednesday after a federal appeals court... Read more

Cardinal Gerhard Mueller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, at the Vatican press office, July 5, 2013.

Marriage's indissolubility a dogma, cardinal clarifies

Aug 5, 2014

In a book-length interview, Cardinal Gerhard Mueller has underscored that the indissolubility of the marriage is no mere doctrine, but... Read more

Working-class marriage rate hurt by weak church efforts

Jul 30, 2014

By Kevin J. Jones

A “national retreat” from marriage could worsen social divides between the married and unmarried and plummeting rates are partly due... Read more

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) speaks at Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. on July 22, 2014.

Rubio: Economic health tied to morality, community

Jul 25, 2014

By Adelaide Mena

A strong national economy requires strong families, supported by both government and the broader community, said Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.)... Read more

Wedding rings and Flowers by Alena Kratochvilova  (CC0 1.0).

Federal judge strikes down Colo. marriage defense amendment

Jul 24, 2014

A federal judge ruled Wednesday against Colorado’s marriage defense amendment, leading the state attorney general to say the case will... Read more

A group of Catholic faithful take part in a prayer vigil.

Bishops: Practicing religion in public is not discrimination

Jul 19, 2014

Americans must be free to practice their faith in the public square – including business decisions – without being viewed... Read more