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World Marriage Day Feb. 13,2011 "Love One Another."

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Bishop promotes marriage day, week observances, use of USCCB resources

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Two initiatives in February focus attention on the need to strengthen marriage, in line with the U.S. bishops' priority interest in that area, Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Ind., told his fellow bishops. Bishop Rhoades, chairman of the bishops' Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth, expressed support for World Marriage Day Feb. 13 and National Marriage Week USA Feb. 7-14 in a Jan. 13 letter to bishops. World Marriage Day, promoted by Worldwide Marriage Encounter, has as its theme this year, 'Love One Another.' The observance received Pope John Paul II's apostolic blessing in 1993, and 'has continued to grow and spread among many countries and faith expressions ever since,' Bishop Rhoades said. National Marriage Week USA is sponsored by the Let's Strengthen Marriage Campaign. First observed in the United Kingdom in 1996, it has since spread to other countries. Bishop Rhoades also urged use of the online resources on marriage at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' website, www.foryourmarriage.org, and its Spanish-language counterpart, www.portumatrimonio.org; advocacy resources at www.marriageuniqueforareason.org on why marriage should be promoted as the union of a man and a woman; and the bishops' pastoral letter on marriage, 'Love and Life in the Divine Plan,' available online at www.usccb.org/loveandlife.


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WASHINGTON (January 25, 2011)—The popularity of the U.S. bishops’ website for strengthening and supporting marriage, www.foryourmarriage.org, continued to grow in 2010. According to a report from Google Analytics, the website received nearly half a million visits, a 23 percent increase over 2009.

The website offers practical information and resources for married and engaged couples and people in serious dating relationships. In addition to articles on all stages of married life, the website features a Daily Marriage Tip, blogs, quizzes, book reviews, and Marriage in the News.

“People visit For Your Marriage because they want useful and reliable information,” said Sheila Garcia, USCCB staff member and the site’s content editor. “Whether you’re interested in marriage preparation or enrichment, or what the Catholic Church teaches about marriage, you’ll almost certainly find what you need.”

The report found that articles on preparing for a Catholic wedding are especially popular. For Your Marriage has extensive resources for engaged couples, including the texts of suggested wedding readings and commentaries. It also offers information about music, ceremony options, interchurch marriages, and “Ten Tips” for planning a memorable wedding.

According to the report, visitors came from 213 countries or territories. Significant numbers came from the United Kingdom, Australia, the Philippines and India. Visitors from Ireland increased 500 percent over 2009.

The For Your Marriage website was launched in 2007 as part of the Bishops’ National Pastoral Initiative for Marriage. Strengthening marriage and family life is one of the USCCB’s five priorities.
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Keywords: For Your Marriage, website, engaged couples, relationships, dating, Daily Marriage Tip, blogs, quizzes, book reviews


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