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Marry young bury quick

KOCHI (UCAN): An elaborate set of guidelines issued by Bishop Remigiose Inchananiyil, from the Syro Malabar Church tradition in India, has caused controversy over a section that says men should marry before the age of 25 and women before 23.

It also says that extravagant marriage ceremonies should be avoided and bans bridesmaids and flower girls.

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Two sides of pope’s views on marriage

VATICAN (SE): On his long flight from Azerbaijan to Rome on October 2, Pope Francis spoke at length with reporters during an in-flight press conference about his views on marriage and pastoral care of people in irregular situations.

He has been quite vocal in the past on the necessity of welcoming those who are divorced and remarried, as well as the same sex attracted into the caring fold of the Church, but on the plane he made a quite clear distinction between dogma and pastoral care.

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Pope Francis calls the family an opportunity not a problem

On 4 April 2016, Timothy Cardinal Dolan gave an interview to the French Catholic newspaper, Crux, in which he ventured a guess at what Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation, The Joy of Love (Amoris Laetitia), was going to be about.

He predicted it would be about marriage and not divorce. Now that the document is public, one can easily see that he was right. 








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Diocese moves for more support for marriage

HONG KONG (UCAN): The Catholic Church in Hong Kong plans to train more volunteers to help couples experiencing difficulties in their relationships or considering divorce, the South China Morning Post reported on May 26.

The announcement came as the government revealed that the divorce rate in Hong Kong increased slightly last year. There were 20,075 divorce decrees granted in 2015, up from 20,019 in the previous year.

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Marriage, Pope Francis and Canon Law: 21 Questions for Father Robert Kaslyn sj

Father Robert J. Kaslyn SJ, is a Jesuit priest and canon lawyer who serves as Dean of the School of Canon Law at Catholic University of America—the only school of canon law in the United States. He earned his doctorate in canon law (JCD) from St. Paul University in Ottawa. He also holds STB and STL degrees in theology from Regis College at the University of Toronto.








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Prioritising care for marginalised families

HONG KONG (SE): The Hong Kong Catholic Marriage Advisory Council held its annual general meeting on November 13 at which it restated its commitment to strengthening the connection between marriage and family, as well as introducing new initiatives to support marginalised families.

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A just simplification of the annulment process

Hong Kong (SE): With two Apostolic Letters issued motu proprio (on his own initiative) on September 8, Pope Francis introduced reforms to streamline the Church’s legal process for obtaining a declaration of nullity of marriage, News.va reported.

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