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Pope Francis: No people is criminal and no religion is terrorist

February 17, 2017. Pope Francis has sent an important message to the Meetings of Popular Movements that is taking place in Modesto (California). The pope denounces the "moral blindness of this indifference”: "under the guise of what is politically correct or ideologically fashionable, one looks at those who suffer without touching them. But they are televised live; they are talked about in euphemisms and with apparent tolerance, but nothing is done systematically to heal the social wounds or to confront the structures that leave so many brothers and sisters by the wayside”.
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The government of the Order of Malta will elect the successor of the Grand Master in April

February 15, 2017. On April 29, the Council Complete of State, the Order’s constitutional body, will elect the next Grand Master of the Sovereign Order of Malta (or, as provided for in the Constitution, a Lieutenant of the Grand Master, to hold office for a year).
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Pope names a Special Envoy for Medjugorje

< style> February 11, 2017. Pope Francis has asked Henryk Hoser, S.A.C., bishop of Warsaw-Prague (Poland), to go to Medjugorje as Special Envoy of the Holy See. According< g> the Vatican, "the mission has the aim of acquiring a deeper knowledge of the pastoral situation there and above all, of the needs of the faithful who go there in pilgrimage, and on the basis of this, to suggest possible pastoral initiatives for the future”.
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Pope Francis advances eight new causes of sainthood

January 23, 2017. On January 20, Pope Francis met with Cardinal Angelo Amato, the prefect for the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to announce the publication of decrees for the advancement of eight causes of sainthood.

Can Catholics “annul” marriages?

2015-09-11

In the Catholic Church, couples who seek to end their marriage cannot get a divorce. The Church doesn't even annul marriages. What the bishop or tribunal examining each case must determine is whether the marriage actually occurred or not.

MSGR. ALEJANDRO W. BUNGE
Judge, Roman Rota
"I am not doing something new. I am simply noting a reality: that a marriage never was because from the beginning an essential element was missing.”

If there is an essential missing element, it means that there was never a real commitment between the new spouses. 

MSGR. VINCENZO PAGLIA
President, Pontifical Council for the Family
"There is a problem, a question that has to be asked when someone comes to the Church for a marriage: Do you truly have faith? This is a problem. Are you truly conscience of what you've come here to do?We must ask these questions. We must prepare young people to correctly take these steps because if they don't do it, it is obvious that a breakup is almost inevitable.”

In some cases, a couple decides to get married in the Church not because of their own faith, but instead to satisfy their parents or because they want a beautiful ceremony. But a marriage cannot be valid unless both parties truly recognize the significance of what has taken place.

POPE FRANCIS
May 5, 2015
"It's not just a ceremony that takes place in a church, with flowers, a dress and photographs.”

A marriage can be declared null only because of very serious reasons. Recent reforms to streamline processes mentioned some of them. Examples include if one spouse has children from a previous relationship and kept them a secret or if the decision to marry wasn't actually made freely because of fear of a scandal from an unplanned pregnancy.

Of course, when a marriage is ruled invalid but the couple wants to stay married, it is easily solved.

The need for preparing future spouses for marriage will be one of the main topics at next month's Synod on the Family. 


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