Philippines' divorce ban _ nearly unique in the world _ shows church's power in country

January 16, 2015 6:00 AM

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Philippines' divorce ban _ nearly unique in the world _ shows church's power in country

In this Jan. 8, 2015 photo, a Filipino bride arranges her gown before her wedding at a Catholic church in Manila, Philippines. The Philippines is the only country in the world - aside from the Vatican - where divorce is forbidden, a testament to the enduring power of Roman Catholicism that has flourished since Spanish colonizers imposed it nearly 500 years ago. Visiting Pope Francis, the church and many of its followers in this Southeast Asian Catholic stronghold of 100 million believe strongly in the indissolubility of marriage. But a growing number of Catholics would support a change. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila) (The Associated Press)

In this Jan. 8, 2015 photo, a Filipino couple kisses after their wedding at a Catholic church in Manila, Philippines. The Philippines is the only country in the world - aside from the Vatican - where divorce is forbidden, a testament to the enduring power of Roman Catholicism that has flourished sin...

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