Pope Francis married 20 couples from different social backgrounds during a ceremony at St Peter’s basilica in Vatican City, on September 14, 2014
Vatican City (AFP) – A single mother, people who have been married before and couples who have been living together “in sin” were married by Pope Francis in a taboo-challenging ceremony at the Vatican on Sunday.
In another signal of the openness of his papacy, Francis asked to marry 40 people from different social backgrounds who would be a realistic sample of modern couples.
Popes very rarely perform marriages — the last one was in 2000.
Marriage “is not an easy road, it’s sometimes a contentious trip, but that’s life”, the pope told the couples, both young and old, as their families gathered for the solemn two-hour ceremony.
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