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"Among the many blessings that God has showered upon us in Christ is the blessing of marriage, a gift bestowed by the Creator from the creation of the human race…
It is a source of blessing to the couple, to their families, and to society and includes the wondrous gift of co-creating human life.
Indeed, as Pope John Paul II never tired of reminding us, the future of humanity depends on marriage and the family."– U.S. Catholic Bishops, Pastoral Letter: Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan
February 14, 2014 - Rome
Theme: "The Joy of Yes Forever"The Pope met with 10,000 engaged couples, encouraging them to build their marriages on prayer and faith in the Lord.
July 16 - 19th, 2014 - Dayton, oh
Theme: "Home is a Holy Place"
More details forthcoming
October 5 - 19th, 2014 - Rome
The theme of the 2014 Extraordinary Synod is "the pastoral challenges to the family in the context of evangelization." In preparation for this event, the Vatican has issued a preparatory document, typically called the "Lineamenta."
There was a press conference in the Vatican about the Extraordinary Synod on November 5, 2013 (click on "Traduzione in lingua inglese" to read in English). A summary of the press conference can be found on the Vatican News website.
You can find more information on the Synod process on the Vatican website.
"Holy Family of Nazareth,
may the approaching Synod of Bishops
make us once more mindful
of the sacredness and inviolability of the family,
and its beauty in God’s plan."
- Pope Francis (12.26.13 address)
Pope Francis wrote a letter to all families, asking them to pray for the Extraordinary Synod (Feb. 2, 2014).
September 22 - 27th, 2015 - Philadelphia, PA
Sponsored by the Pontifical Council for the FamilyMORE
The Bishops launched the National Pastoral Initiative for Marriage in 2005 to call attention to the meaning and value of married life for the Church and for society.
The Initiative's activities have included: a research study on Catholics and marriage; focus groups with married couples, priests, and canon lawyers; an analysis of diocesan marriage preparation policies; and dialogues with social scientists and theologians.
Marriage and the Family in the United States: Resources for Society - A review of the social science research on the benefits generated from families rooted in marriage, divided into three sections: psychological well-being, physical health, and economic benefit.
The "For Your Marriage" website offers practical help and advice whether you're seriously dating, engaged, or at any stage of married life. If you're planning a Catholic wedding, you'll find information on everything from choosing the music and readings to marrying someone who is not Catholic. On the homepage check out the Daily Marriage Tips, book reviews, and blogs.
The "Marriage: Unique for a Reason" website is part of the Bishops' ongoing efforts to promote and defend marriage as the union of one man and one woman. It offers many educational resources for Catholics and others who want to better understand and articulate the Church's teaching on marriage. The website currently features two DVD resources, "Made for Each Other" and "Made for Life," as well as FAQs about marriage, a library of Church teaching, and a regularly updated blog.
The Por tu Matrimonio Web site is a space to inspire, assist and encourage Spanish-speaking couples to live their relationship more fully. Por Tu Matrimonio es un espacio para inspirar, ayudar y exhortar a las parejas de habla hispana a vivir más plenamente su relación de pareja.
Pastoral Letter: Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan
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