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Pope Francis addresses participants in a training course promoted by the Roman Rota at the Archbasilica of St. John Lateran, Sept. 27, 2018.

Francis calls for 'permanent catechumenate' for married couples

Sep 27, 2018

By Ed Condon

Pope Francis has stressed the need for ongoing formation for couples, before and after marriage, saying that even the basic... Read more

Why nullity cases always include a defender of the bond

Dec 30, 2017

In the process of declaring the nullity of marriage there is a position of  utmost importance which allows the judges... Read more

Pope Francis meets with the Roman Rota at the Vatican, Jan. 22, 2016.

Pope tells bishops to have compassion on those with failed marriages

Nov 18, 2016

By Elise Harris

On Friday Pope Francis stopped by a formation course for bishops on the new marriage nullity process, telling attendees that... Read more

Pope Francis at the General Audience in St. Peter's Square, April 13, 2016.

Updated: Most marriages today are invalid, Pope Francis suggests

Jun 16, 2016

Pope Francis said Thursday that the great majority of sacramental marriages today are not valid, because couples do not enter... Read more

Pope Francis greets the judges of the Roman Rota at the Vatican's Clementine Hall, Jan. 22, 2016.

In speech to Rota, Pope Francis shows annulment conditions aren't loosening

Jan 22, 2016

By Elise Harris

In his annual speech to the Holy See's main court on Friday, Pope Francis affirmed the indissolubility of marriage and... Read more

Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict embrace each other at the Vatican's Mater Ecclesiae Monastery, June 30, 2015.

Cardinal Ruini reflects on the Magisterium's continuity

Oct 7, 2015

Cardinal Camillo Ruini, who was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Rome when Venerable Pius XII was Pope, emphasized... Read more

Bishops at the Vatican's Synod Hall during the 2014 Synod on the Family.

How might the new annulment process affect the Synod on the Family?

Sep 10, 2015

By Andrea Gagliarducci

By reforming the process for discovering the nullity of marriage on Tuesday, mere weeks before the beginning of October's Synod... Read more

Photo by George Hodan (CC0 1.0).

Vatican reform of annulment process will be presented tomorrow

Sep 7, 2015

The Holy See press office has announced that two motu proprio will be released on Tuesday, both of which concern... Read more

Pope to canon lawyers: Annulment process must be secure, prompt

Jan 26, 2015

In a speech delivered on Saturday to participants in a conference on how to handle causes of nullity, Pope Francis... Read more

For Pope Francis, faith is a criterion in investigating a marriage's validity

Jan 23, 2015

By Andrea Gagliarducci

In investigating the validity of a marriage, ecclesial judges should consider whether the decision to marry was made in the... Read more

Annulment process is no business, Roman Rota official clarifies

Nov 18, 2014

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Following a media frenzy around Pope Francis' request that the annulment process not be treated like a business, an official... Read more