By David Gibson | Religion News Service
Pope Francis on Friday (Jan. 23) warned the Vatican’s top marriage
judges that they should not “lock the salvation of persons within the
straits of legalism” and indicated he wants the church to no longer
charge for the sometimes onerous and expensive annulment process.
“This is a point I want to emphasize: the sacraments are free,” Francis
told jurists of the Roman Rota, the church’s final court of appeals for
“The sacraments give us grace,” he said. “And a
marriage proceeding” — like an annulment — “touches on the sacrament of
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