Skip to main content
  1. Leisure
  2. Travel
  3. International Travel

Pope Francis greets engaged couples in St. Peter's Square on Valentine’s Day

See also

Pope Francis greeted engaged couples from all over the world on the feast of St. Valentine. The “Joy of ‘Yes’ Initiative” is an event that was organized by the Pontifical Council for the Family. Over 30,000 people gathered for the special audience with the Pope in St. Peters Square on a sunny Valentine’s Day.

More Photos

The couples receiving the Pope’s message on Valentine's Day are dedicated to completing their marriage preparations and will be married by the year’s end. Today’s Catholic News reported that couples attending the event “received a small white pillow with Pope Fancis’ signature and his papal crest; the cushion has two satin ribbons for securing weeding rings during the marriage ceremony." An Italian woman said that her inspiration comes from friends that have been married for many years; the expression they have when they look at each other tells it all.

Although Pope Francis had a prepared speech and notes, it did not stop him from giving examples. He said that since the time of Adam, human nature has been to place blame on someone else. Instead, he emphasized that asking forgiveness and not placing blame on the spouse go a long way in creating beautiful marriage. Otherwise bad feelings and resentment build that can destroy the marriage.

“Living together is an art, a patient, beautiful and amazing journey [that] doesn’t end when you’ve won over each others’ hearts,” said Pope Francis.” Instead, Pope Francis indicated that this is when the journey begins. Mutual respect and being able to say ‘thank you’ and ‘I’m sorry’ promote a healthy family life.



  • Hookah smoking
    Young adults believe hookah smoking pose no health threat
    7 Photos
  • Bikini body
    Get your bikini body while having fun outdoors this summer
    5 Photos
  • Scarlett Johansson
    Scarlett Johansson is the face of Perfect Mono: Dolce and Gabbana's first cream eyeshadow
    5 Photos
  • Summer dining events
    Solitude Mountain Resort is an amazing place to escape and enjoy delicious dining options
    6 Photos
  • Top outdoor activities
    Don't spend your summer indoors: Top outdoor activities to do with your significant other
    10 Photos
  • Summer beauty tips
    Use these tips to look and feel great in the summer heat and humidity
    10 Photos

Related Videos:

  • Cruise in Jacques Cousteau's aquarium of the world.
    <div class="video-info" data-id="518282528" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url=""></div>
  • Barracuda attack: Boy bit by a 5-foot barracuda barely survives
    <iframe width="560" height="315" src="//;allowfullscreen=true&amp;autoplay=1"></iframe>
  • Missing Air Algerie flight found
    <div class="video-info" data-id="518339565" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url=""></div>