Pope Francis Marries 20 Cohabiting Couples at Vatican

September 14, 2014 10:13 PM

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Pope Francis Marries 20 Cohabiting Couples at Vatican

Forty "I do's" — or "Si" in Italian — were pronounced in St. Peter's Basilica Sunday as Pope Francis married 20 couples, with one bride already a mother. Francis in his homily likened families to the "bricks that build society."

Among the couples, all from the Rome area, is one in which the groom's first marriage was annulled by the church and the bride has a daughter from an earlier relationship. Some of the other couples already were living together. The Vatican views sex outside marriage as sin, but Francis stresses the ...

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