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World Marriage Day is held every 2nd Sunday of February and honours husband and wife as the foundation of the family, the basic unit of society. It salutes the beauty of their faithfulness, sacrifice and joy in daily married life. The origins of World Marriage Day began in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in 1981, when couples encouraged the Mayor, the Governor and the Bishop to proclaim St. Valentines Day as ‘We Believe in Marriage Day’. The event was so successful the idea was presented to and was adopted by Worldwide Marriage Encounter's National Leadership. In 1993, his Holiness, Pope John Paul II, imparted his Apostolic Blessings on World Marriage Day. Since then World Marriage Day celebrations continue to grow and spread to more countries and faith expressions every year. The first World Marriage Day in New Zealand was organised by the Centre for Marriage and Family and was held in Wellington in 2017. Check out the link on ways to celebrate World Marriage Day.





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The Centre for Marriage and Family is a non- profit Christian missionary organisation  that seeks to strengthen marriage and provide support for families to become communities of life and love. It aims to provide resources to empower the family in the fulfillment of its Four General Tasks:

(a) Forming a Community of Persons


(b) Serving Life


(c) Participating in the Development of Society


(d) Sharing in the Life and Mission of the Church.

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