At the Intersection: I think now that both prisons and churches (systems, not particular buildings) should call people to recognize their wrongs and turn from them.
The Field Hospital: Party in Boise for parishioners who reach 90s; a poignant pairing of marriages; emoji Bible; ministry to parents who lose babies; Association of U.S. Catholic priests meet next week.
Distinctly Catholic: Bishop-elect O'Connell's recent highly emotional response to a question about how Pope Francis has impacted his ministry stood out to me.
Pope's quotes: Some of our favorite quotes from Pope Francis.
If you've got a good reason for divorce -- adultery, abuse, addiction or abandonment -- fewer than one in four Americans would call that a sin, a new LifeWay Research survey finds.
"We as a church are not appropriately meeting the needs of couples in their marital journey, particularly in light of the serious challenges facing couples and families in today's culture."
When marriage is considered mainly as a way to satisfy one's need for affection, people feel free to define marriage however they want, Pope Francis said.
"Unfortunately, such a reductionist idea influences the mentality of Christians as well," leading some to see separation or divorce as a simple solution when problems arise, the pope told the bishops of Latvia and Estonia.
As the institution of marriage faces unprecedented challenges, the Catholic church continues to promote and defend marriage as being between one man and one woman, said Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco.
As chairman of the bishops' Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, Cordileone gave bishops at their spring general assembly in St. Louis an update on the U.S. Supreme Court's impending decision whether same-sex marriage should be made legal nationwide as well as related public policy and the church's catechetical efforts.
In 2013, more than 154,000 Catholics married in the church. For many, the decision is simple, the process smooth. But not all couples share that experience.
Couples who are seeking to marry, even those who have lived together, should value their engagement period as a time to grow in mature love and in profound knowledge of each other, said Pope Francis.
The pope urged couples not to rush into marriage. Maturation in love before marriage is a slow process, in which none of the steps should be skipped, Pope Francis told people at his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square.
"The covenant of love between a man and a woman, a covenant for life, cannot be improvised; it cannot be done from one day to the next," he said.