The First Papal Wedding in 14 Years

By Claire

Pope Francis marries twenty couples on Sunday, September 14.

This Sunday, September 14, Pope Francis married twenty couples at St. Peter's Basilica. This was the first time in 14 years that a marriage had been conducted by the Pope. The last time this happened was in 2000 with Pope John Paul II. The couples were of different backgrounds, ethnicities, and ages. They represented many modern marriages today in the sense that Catholics have gone against the Church's ideas about marriage. For example, one couple consisted of a man who had been married before, but that marriage was annulled, and the woman he was marrying had a daughter from a previous relationship (BBC News). Pope Francis believes that even though the Church is against this, it is more important to be forgiving. This ceremony was two hours long; it was a very big step for the Roman Catholic Church, and Pope Francis shows us that people should be accepting of everyone no matter what. This should help all people in the Church realize that although they have been abiding by the rules about Matrimony, they may have been unaccepting of those who do not. They should be able to know now that it is more important to respect and forgive than to judge others for their mistakes. A Vatican meeting is planned for October to discuss related issues.

Sources:

"Pope Marries Cohabiting Couples." BBC News. 14 Sept. 2014. Web. 14 Sept. 2014.

"20 Couples Married by Pope Francis in St. Peter's Basilica, including 1 Bride Already a Mom." Fox News. FOX News Network, 14 Sept. 2014. Web. 14 Sept. 2014.

The wedding at St. Peter's Basilica on Sunday.
One of the couples who was married Sunday.
Another couple who was married at the large wedding.
An overhead photo of the couples being married.
Pope Francis was clad in red at the wedding.
Another photo of Pope Francis with many other clergymen.

The marriages took place at St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican in Rome. The Basilica is over a thousand years old, and is the church of the Vatican.

For more information on the event:

Visit this link for a news broadcast providing more information on the event, along with a short article. This video gives a quote from the homily and also some information about next month's meeting.

This article goes into great detail about the Mass and has many pictures.

This site provides a slideshow with informative captions for every picture.

This article gives a few quotes from the Pope's homily, and gives a little more information on the couples.

For more background information, refer to the Wikipedia links below: