Pope Francis: Majority of Catholic marriages invalid due to culture

Pope Francis said the majority of Catholic marriages are "invalid" at a question-and-answer session in the Diocese of Rome on Thursday night after a pastoral conference at the Lateran Basilica.

"We're living in a culture of the provisional," he said, from which religious life is no exception. "Because of this, a majority of our sacramental marriages are invalid," the 79-year-old church head said.

Two people may say that they want their marriage to last their entire lives, "but they don't know what they are saying, because they are part of another culture." While their hearts might be in the right place, they just don't know what they are getting into, he added.

The pope called on pastors not to pressure young people into marriage but instead to provide support and prepare them for such a big step.

Last update: Fri, 17/06/2016 - 17:21
Author: 

More from Europe

Ukraine moves to ban imports of Russian books

The import of Russian books into Ukraine would be sharply limited under new legislation passed in the Ukrainian...

Frankfurt airport test-runs new automatic immigration system

Frankfurt airport was testing out a new automatic immigration system on Thursday, the first time such a system has...

Italian president starts 48-hour round of talks on post-Renzi crisis

Italian President Sergio Mattarella was starting Thursday the hard slog of lifting his country from a political...

10 Italian school classes vote "Mein Kampf" among their top books

Ten classes of Italian high-school students included Adolf Hitler's anti-Semitic manifesto "Mein Kampf" among their...

France's Le Pen says she opposes free schooling for migrant children

French politician and head of the far right National Front party Marine Le Pen said Thursday that free education...