Wedding receptions are fueled by booze—the good ones are, anyway. And according to Pope Francis, that's how it should be. The leader of the Catholic church, who has garnered a fairly progressive reputation, made no secret of his passion for wine in a recent public address.
During his weekly speech in St. Peter's Square, the Pope took on the subject of marriage, reflecting on a notable biblical wedding in the gospel of John. As the ancient story goes, at a post-nuptial feast in Cana the hosts ran out of wine during the party, no doubt putting a damper on the celebration. Jesus sent servants to fill stone jugs with water, but when they went to pour the jugs the water had turned to wine.
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Francis noted that this symbolic action was key to Jesus establishing that he was the husband of the people of God, according to Religion News. In this way, wine itself is a representation of God's love and is integral to the celebration of a joyful new marriage, as the church views it.