A bride and bridegroom stand before the high altar of St. Peter’s Basilica as Pope Francis conducts a wedding ceremony for 20 couples on Sept. 14, 2014.
A bride and bridegroom stand before the high altar of St. Peter’s Basilica as Pope Francis conducts a wedding ceremony for 20 couples on Sept. 14, 2014. (photo: Lauren Cater / CNA)

The Pope’s Plan to Strengthen Marriage Formation (Aug. 6)

Earlier this summer the Vatican announced that Pope Francis wants to reorient how the Catholic Church does marriage formation. In a 97-page document, the Vatican provides a new “catechumenal itinerary toward matrimonial life.” What is that? We find out with Register Staff Writer Peter Jesserer Smith. Then our Register Intern Hannah Cote highlights some new ways Catholic couples are honoring the Blessed Virgin Mary in their wedding ceremonies.

Pope Francis presides over the Via Crucis torchlight procession at the ancient Colosseum on Good Friday, April 26, 2022, in Rome.

Pope Francis: His Life and Pontificate in 11 Scenes

‘I can read my life in light of Chapter 16 of the book of the prophet Ezekiel,’ wrote Pope Francis. ‘That text from Ezekiel teaches us ... how to feel shame — with all our history of wretchedness and sin, God remains faithful and raises us up. I feel this.’

Pope Francis presides over the Via Crucis torchlight procession at the ancient Colosseum on Good Friday, April 26, 2022, in Rome.

Pope Francis: His Life and Pontificate in 11 Scenes

‘I can read my life in light of Chapter 16 of the book of the prophet Ezekiel,’ wrote Pope Francis. ‘That text from Ezekiel teaches us ... how to feel shame — with all our history of wretchedness and sin, God remains faithful and raises us up. I feel this.’