Pope Marries Couples Who Were Living in Sin

Marriage is 'real life, not some TV show,' he says
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 14, 2014 9:04 AM CDT
Pope Marries 20 Couples— Including Some Living in Sin
Pope Francis during a wedding in St. Peter's Basilica, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014. Francis married 20 couples, including some who live together and those with children, a sin in the eyes of the church.   (Alessandra Tarantino)

Telling his audience that marriage is "real life, not some TV show," Pope Francis today married a somewhat risque group—by Catholic Church standards, anyway—of 20 couples that included a guy who annulled his first marriage, the mother of an out-of-wedlock daughter, and couples who were already living together. It could be a warming sign from a Catholic Church that only allows remarriage after an annulment and refuses to give Communion to divorcees who remarry, notes the AP. Francis urged couples to turn to Jesus when their union "becomes lost, wounded or worn out," and called families the "bricks that build society." (More Pope Francis stories.)

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