Pope radically simplifies Catholic marriage annulment procedures




 
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Pope radically simplifies Catholic marriage annulment procedures
 
September 8th, 2015  
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Pope radically simplifies Catholic marriage annulment procedures
By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis on Tuesday made it simpler and swifter for Catholics to secure a marriage annulment, the most radical such reform for 250 years, and told bishops to be more welcoming to divorced couples. Francis said the procedure should be free and the new rules mean that a marriage might be declared null and void in just 45 days in some cases. The announcement came the week after Francis signaled a more merciful approach to women who had obtained abortions and was another sign of his drive to shake up the hidebound Roman Catholic Church and try to soften some of its more rigid rules.




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