“Marriage Alive – Blessed and Challenged” Teams Oceania Conference 5th and 6th April, Conference Programme.

2014 Melbourne Conference Brochure and Program


Today, there are those who say that marriage is out of fashion.  Is it out of fashion?  In a culture of relativism and the ephemeral, many preach the importance of ‘enjoying’ the moment.  They say that it is not worth making a life-long commitment, making a definitive decision, ‘forever’, because we do not know what tomorrow will bring.


I ask you, instead, to be revolutionaries, I ask you to swim against the tide; yes, I am asking you to rebel against this culture that sees everything as temporary and that ultimately believes you are incapable of true love.  I have confidence in you and I pray for you.  Have the courage ‘to swim against the tide’. And also have the courage to be happy.

Pope Francis 1

World Youth Day

24 July 2013