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Pope Francis appoints panel to streamline annulments
Pope Francis appoints panel to streamline annulments

Pope Francis has appointed a group of theologians and canon lawyers to study ways to make the annulment of Catholic marriages – often a complicated and lengthy task – simpler, the Vatican announced. The 11-member commission will attempt to “simplify the (annulment) procedure, making it more streamlined, while safeguarding the principle of the indissolubility of marriage,” the Vatican said in a statement. Because divorce is not allowed under Roman Catholic doctrine, annulment is the only way sanctioned by the church for Catholics to end marriages. Under church law, Catholics can annul their marriages even after many years if it can be shown the marriage was never...

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