ROME — Because most people today don't understand that sacramental marriage really is a bond that binds them to each other for life, many marriages today can be considered invalid, Pope Francis said.
Raising a point he has raised before, and one also raised by now-retired Pope Benedict XVI, Pope Francis insisted June 16 that the validity of a marriage requires that a couple understands that sacramental marriage is a bond that truly binds them to another for their entire lives.
BALTIMORE — Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori linked urgent matters of "immigration, marriage and the Church's teaching on sexuality" to a pair of 16th-century martyrs during a June 21 Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Baltimore that began the fifth annual Fortnight for Freedom.
COLLEGE PARK, Ga. — In celebration of the Year of Mercy and the gift of the Eucharist, tens of thousands of people attended the 2016 Eucharistic Congress of the Archdiocese of Atlanta June 3-4 at the Georgia International Convention Center.
"Be merciful just as your Father is merciful," from the Gospel of St. Luke, was the theme for the 21st annual congress.
WASHINGTON — Thinking green isn't easy. Nor is it always cheap.
But for St. Michael Parish in Poway, Calif., north of San Diego, parishioners are already seeing the benefits — spiritual, financial and environmental — of a $1.3 million investment in a solar panel system.
By Christine Young and Teresa Peterson | Catholic News Service
ORLANDO, Fla. — In Orlando and major cities around the nation and the world, people gathered June 13 to pay tribute to those killed and injured in the shooting rampage in Orlando the previous day.
About 700 people also gathered to pray for those attacked and for peace in the world at St. James Cathedral, less than two miles from where the shootings took place at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando.