Pope marries couples who have cohabited, had children

Francis marries 20 couples

Pope Francis has married 20 couples in St Peter's Basilica, some of whom had already lived together and had children, in the latest sign that the Pontiff wants the Church to be more open and inclusive, reports Reuters on Yahoo7.

In the first wedding he has performed in his 18-month-old papacy, Francis yesterday took each couple through their vows in turn - including Gabriella and Guido, who already had children and thought such a marriage would be impossible, official broadcasting service Radio Vaticana said.

"The people getting married on Sunday are couples like many others," the Diocese of Rome said in a statement. "Some already live together, some already have children."

The ceremony was the first of its kind in the Vatican since Pope John Paul II presided over a wedding in 2000, when he was the leader of the world's 1.3 billion Catholics.

Francis, who is the first non-European Pope in 1,300 years, has expressed tolerance regarding other topics that are traditionally taboo in the Church, asking "who am I to judge?" a gay person "who seeks God and has good will".

His approach contrasts with that of his predecessor, Benedict XVI, who said that threats to the traditional family undermined the future of humanity itself.

Bishops from all over the world are due to come to the Vatican in October for a major meeting on the family, which the Pope referred to in his homily during Sunday's Mass as the "bricks" on which society is built.

The bishops are expected to discuss issues such as marriage, divorce and contraception at the synod, from October 5-19.


Pope marries couples who have cohabited, had children (Yahoo7)

Pope breaks marriage taboos (SkyNews)


Pope Francis to address European Parliament in November (CNS)/Catholic Herald)

Vatican confirms Pope Francis will visit Turkey in November (CNS/Catholic Herald)

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