Pope Francis will officiate at the weddings of 20 couples who plan to tie the knot at St. Peter’s Basilica on September 14.
The Vatican said August 29 that the couples, all from Rome, would be married by the Pope, who is also recognized as the bishop of Rome.
The mass celebrating the couples’ marriage will take place just three weeks before the extraordinary bishops’ synod on the family at the Vatican in October.
In June, the Pope celebrated Mass at the chapel in his Santa Marta residence with 15 couples that were marking 25 to 60 years of marriage. During the service, he said the pillars of a successful marriage were fidelity, perseverance and fertility, but made headlines around the world when he urged couples not to replace children with cats and dogs.