Pope breaks taboo by marrying couples who lived ‘in sin’


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Pope breaks taboo by marrying couples who lived ‘in sin’


In another signal of the openness of his papacy, Pope Francis led a taboo-challenging ceremony at the Vatican on Sunday, September 4, when he married 40 people from different social backgrounds – including couples who lived together “in sin.” One of the couples the Pope married was a single mother and her partner, whose previous marriage was annulled by an ecclesiastical tribunal. The ceremony comes three weeks before a major synod of the Catholic Church will discuss the divisive issues of marriage, divorce and conception. The charismatic Argentine pope has shown himself more open than his predecessors on the subject of marriage, and has spoken of a more realistic attitude to social problems.

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