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Wedding Traditions with Meaning


In our closing photo essay FRANKLY features some wedding day traditions which are loaded with significance and greatly empowering for couples.

Award-winning photographer Giovanni Portelli provided some of the beautiful images of wedding traditions, including one featuring Australia’s own Archbishop Julian Porteous. The archbishop explains how he feels when he delivers the nuptial blessing.

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Joy Bomb Quotes



“Joy is the gift in which all other gifts are included. It is the expression of happiness, of being in harmony with ourselves, that which can only come from being in harmony with God and with his creation.

Pope Benedict XVI Christmas Address to the Roman Curia, 2008


“At the very heart of the gospel is life in community and engagement with others” n.177

“We are not asked to be flawless, but to keep growing and wanting to grow as we advance along the path of the Gospel” n.151

“We love this planet on which God has put us, and we love the human family which dwells here, with all its tragedies and struggle, its hopes and aspirations, its strengths and weaknesses. The Earth is our common home and all of us are brothers and sisters” n.183

“The way we treat others has a transcendent dimension: “The measure you give will be the measure you get”. (Mt 7:2) n.179

Pope Francis Apostolic Exhortation “Evangelii Gaudium” which means “The Joy of the Gospel”

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  • Patty Thomson

    What a beautiful read! As a grandmother of two beautiful little girls I appreciate the cross-section of such a vibrant read especially for catholic issues in the real world.
    Having followed closely all Pope Francis’ activities I can encourage all members of the church to consider his truths. What an enhanced treasure to the church this FRANKLY and this website is!
    Certainly encourages dialogue among the faithful in the 21st century.

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