Despite restrictions that reduced the number of guests to only 50, Gustavo and Dalila decided to go ahead with their wedding. 2,000 followed online a ceremony in which they spoke about God’s faithfulness in the midst of difficult times.
The latest EKD report shows that Sunday attendance reached a new low: only 3.2% of the members went to church services. Baptisms, weddings and funerals also dropped.
The National Council of Evangelicals of France supports “the current restrictions for reasons of public health”. “In this crisis, we keep our hope in God intact, and seek to share it”.
Under the new law, “mere criticism of gay marriage is not an offense”, authorities say. There will be a consultation before religious same-sex weddings become legal in May 2020.
According to a report, US citizens aged 18-34 who say they are comfortable with LGBT issues dropped from 53% to 45%.
“Since 1992, civil marriages have increasingly outnumbered religious marriages”, the Office for National Statistics says. Religious ceremonies now account for less than a quarter of all weddings.
“We hope that one day soon our society can learn to accept people's differences and different points of view”, said White Magazine owners.
Catholic weddings decreased by 50% and baptisms by more than 30% in the last ten years. The public funding of the Roman Catholic Church increased by 3,4%, despite the generalised budget cuts.
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Local designers presented their wedding costumes in a local church of the Spanish city of Lugo, to raise funds for people in need.