Pope suggests no-cost annulments in divorce cases

November 5, 2014 8:01 PM

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis raised the prospect of no-cost marriage annulments on Wednesday after revealing he had dismissed a church official for selling annulments for thousands of dollars, which he called a "public scandal."

The pontiff made the shocking disclosure as he was addressing canon lawyers at the Vatican for a course on marriage dissolution conducted by the Roman Rota, the church's highest court.

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