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Complete program of pope's trip to Fatima on May 12-13

March 20, 2017. The Vatican has published Pope Francis' program for his upcoming trip to Fatima.
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Pope Francis will travel to Egypt from 28 to 29 April 2017

March 18, 2017. In response to the invitation from the President of the Republic, the Bishops of the Catholic Church, His Holiness Pope Tawadros II and the Grand Imam of the Mosque of Al Azhar, Sheikh Ahmed Mohamed el-Tayyib, Pope Francis will make an Apostolic trip to the Arab Republic of Egypt from 28 to 29 April 2017, visiting the city of Cairo. The programme of the trip will be published shortly.
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Pope to meet with most powerful European leaders on March 24

March 3, 2017. On March 24 a historic meeting will take place between the pope and many of the most powerful heads of government throughout Europe. The meeting was announced by the Director of the Press Office of the Holy See, Greg Burke and will begin at 6 p.m. in the Sala Regia of the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican.

Pope Francis confirms nullification of marriage process will become free

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Since December 8th, the process to ensure that a marriage was celebrated validly has become quicker and more simple. Pope Francis announced the changes in September and has now confirmed that they are underway.

Further, Pope Francis has asked the Roman Rota, which is in charge of the process, to ensure that they always judge the cases for free. But he also mentioned that "the faithful who can afford it have a moral obligation to give an offering to causes for the poor.”

There is some confusion about the process of nullifying a marriage compared to receiving a divorce. They're not the same. The Catholic Church considers a marriage null only if some essential element of the matrimonial agreement is missing. An example would be a forced marriage.

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September 27, 2015
"The Motu Proprio speeds up the procedures, but it is not divorce, because a sacramental marriage is indissoluble. This is not something the Church can change. It is doctrine; as a sacrament, marriage is indissoluble. The legal process for establishing that what seemed to be a sacrament was not, because of lack of freedom, for example, or lack of maturity, or mental illness…”

Other aspects of the new law include shortening the process and letting a bishop provide direct judgment for cases with a clear outcome. Further, going forward, completing the process once is enough. In the past it had to be repeated to become valid.


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