U.S. church officials favor balance of priests, laity in marriage prep

The Field Hospital: In an interview with the Irish bishops' magazine Intercom, Cardinal Kevin Farrell, head of the Vatican's Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life, said "priests are not the best people to train others for marriage."

German bishops release marriage prep document based on 'Amoris Laetitia'

The German bishops' conference has published a document containing key points for marriage preparation based on Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation, "Amoris Laetitia."

Royal tomb guardians: Capuchin monks guard Austria's imperial crypt

Few people would suspect that the order of Capuchin monks, famous for their humble imitation of St. Francis, are special guardians entrusted with the duty of caring for Austria's imperial crypt.

German bishops prepare Communion rules for mixed marriages

The German bishops' conference continues to develop its recent decision to allow non-Catholic spouses in mixed denomination marriages to receive Communion in limited cases.