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As Pope Francis calls for more marriage prep, Catholic marriage rates on the decline

As Pope Francis calls for more marriage prep, Catholic marriage rates on the decline

A newly released draft Vatican document calls for the creation of “catechumenate” marriage prep programs, which would provide for about a year of formation for couples anticipating marriage within the Church, along with additional years of support after marriage.  Assessing that proposal requires some sense

Theologian Resigns From German ‘Synodal Way’ Forum on Sexual Morality

Theologian Resigns From German ‘Synodal Way’ Forum on Sexual Morality

A theologian has resigned from the German “Synodal Way” forum on sexual morality. Katharina Westerhorstmann told the Catholic television station K-TV that she left the forum “not only because of time constraints, but also because of the concrete work in the synodal forum itself,” reported CNA Deutsch, CNA’s German-language

U.S. bishops urge prayer during Religious Freedom Week to combat abortion, church vandalism

U.S. bishops urge prayer during Religious Freedom Week to combat abortion, church vandalism

Amid attacks on Catholic churches and other security concerns surrounding a looming Supreme Court abortion case, the U.S. bishops are inviting Catholics to turn to prayer. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) will observe Religious Freedom Week June 22-29 by encouraging Catholics to pray,