CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy – Pope Benedict XVI praised the Catholic programme Retrouvaille for its dedication to helping couples overcome serious marital difficulties.

Created by a Canadian couple in 1977, Retrouvaille is a programme that works to help heal marriages in crisis.

Pope Benedict said a troubled marriage can seem like a failure, "proof that the dream is over or that it has turned into a nightmare" and nothing can be done to save it.

He said those who help these troubled couples through Retrouvaille represent solid, positive points of reference and offer "a foothold" for others so they can gradually regain trust and hope after experiencing dark, desperate times.

A marital crisis can be overcome with the help of the Lord, he said. - cns

In Singapore, the Retrouvaille Coordinating Priest is Father Andrew Wong, and the Coordinating Couple are Laurence and Christina Tan. For more information visit

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