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Too many couples do not understand marriage is for life, pope says

Pope Francis speaks during the opening of the Diocese of Rome's annual pastoral conference at the Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome June 16.

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.

Saints’ relics seen as reminder of today’s threats to religious liberty

Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori offers a history of the sacrifices made by Sts. Thomas More and John Fisher during his June 21 homily at the Fortnight for Freedom opening Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Baltimore. The relics of the two saints, on loan from Stonyhurst College in England, are on a national tour.

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.

Theme of mercy woven through messages at Eucharistic Congress

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.

‘Laudato Si” at one year: Catholics inspired to act on climate change

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.

Pope sending observers to pan-Orthodox meeting in Crete

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis will send high-level observers to the pan-Orthodox council meeting in Crete as a sign of respect, support and encouragement of the Orthodox Church.

The Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church was scheduled to open June 19, which is Pentecost on the Julian calendar, and run through June 26.

We must recognize dignity of all, Orlando bishop says at prayer vigil

People gathered in West Palm Beach, Fla., June 12 to mourn those killed in a mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla.

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.

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