|2/1/2011 12:14:00 PM|
Bishops' marriage website gaining popularity
|The U.S. bishops' website foryourmarriage.org.|
The popularity of the U.S. bishops’ website for strengthening and supporting marriage, www.foryourmarriage.org, continued to grow in 2010. According to a report from Google Analytics, the website received nearly half a million visits, a 23-percent increase over 2009.
The website offers practical information and resources for married and engaged couples and people in serious dating relationships. In addition to articles on all stages of married life, the website features a daily marriage tip, blogs, quizzes, book reviews, and marriage in the news.
The report found that articles on preparing for a Catholic wedding are especially popular. For Your Marriage has extensive resources for engaged couples, including the texts of suggested wedding readings and commentaries. It also offers information about music, ceremony options, interchurch marriages, and “Ten Tips” for planning a memorable wedding.
According to the report, visitors came from 213 countries or territories. Significant numbers came from the United Kingdom, Australia, the Philippines and India. Visitors from Ireland increased 500 percent over 2009.
The For Your Marriage website was launched in 2007 as part of the Bishops’ National Pastoral Initiative for Marriage. Strengthening marriage and family life is one of the USCCB’s five priorities.