Pope Francis has once again implemented a radical change in the practices of the Catholic Church by speeding up and simplifying the process for marriage annulments.
In the past, marriage annulments have been dragged on by automatic appeals, but Pope Francis sought to change this on Tuesday by letting bishops determine when a marriage has been made invalid. The new policy on annulment will take effect starting Dec. 8, which is the beginning of the Holy Year of Mercy, according to ABC News.
"With this fundamental law, Francis has now launched the true start of his reform," ABC quotes Monsignor Pio Vito Pinto, the head of the church's marriage court Roman Rota. "He is putting the poor at the center — that is the divorced, remarried who have been held at arms' length — and asking for bishops to have a true change of heart." more >>
On Tuesday, couples who want to have their marriages annulled celebrated as the Pope announced sweeping revisions to the Catholic Church's marriage annulment process.
Vatican experts deem that the revisions laid out by Pope Francis are by far the most promising ones made to the church's annulment process in the past centuries.
According to The Washington Post, the announcement tackled several changes that will somehow ease the burden of Catholics who desire to remarry. It also comes a month before a meeting expected to change family lifestyles, which Catholic leaders will grace at the Vatican, will be held to analyze recommendations on family issues including divorce and marriage. more >>
Director Danny Boyle, who helmed the first "Trainspotting" movie, has affirmed he is looking at a sequel for his next project.
Ranked 10th in the Top 100 British films of all time, the 1996 black comedy and crime drama, "Trainspotting" received universal acclaim and multiple film awards as well as made a huge impact on 1990s pop culture.
Its director, Danny Boyle, fresh from this year's biopic project, "Steve Jobs," has confirmed he is making "Trainspotting 2" a priority and will be embarking on the long-awaited sequel soon. more >>
A New York City pastor who also travels internationally as a missionary recently shared with The Christian Post the kinds of stories he has been hearing from refugees who fled war-torn Syria while volunteering alongside Muslim expatriates at a clinic in Turkey.
William Devlin, who also goes by PB or Pastor Bill, is co-pastor of Infinity Bible Church in New York City's South Bronx. He is also president of grassroots organization REDEEM! and co-chair of Right To Worship NYC, which advocated for the city to allow Christians to conduct church services in public schools during off-hours.
The Christian Post previously reported on Devlin's humanitarian trips to Sudan to meet with persecuted Christian Meriam Ibrahim and to Iraq to aid Yazidis fleeing Islamic State persecution. More recently, Devlin was briefly detained by authorities during a prison visit with two Presbyterian pastors in Sudan. A network of donors provide the financial support for Devlin's global outreach and the medical supplies he delivers to those in need, the minister previously told CP. more >>
Pope Francis has brought in historic reforms to rules concerning marriage annulment and remarriage within the Roman Catholic Church as part of his "Year of Mercy" initiative.
Although Catholics do not recognize divorce, marriages can still be ended through an annulment process that states they were flawed from the beginning. Annulment is of central importance to Catholics, since those who divorce and marry again are considered adulterers and not allowed to receive communion.
Germany is willing to shell out €6 billion ($6.7 billion) to deal with the existing migrant crisis this year, the ruling coalition announced.
Based on the coalition's announcement, Germany will distribute €6 billion ($3.35 billion) that the state and local governments will use to house the 800,000 migrants that Germany is expecting this year. The central government is also planning to release another €6 billion ($3.35 billion) to pay for the benefits and other expenses of the newcomers, according to The Guardian.
Aside from that, other leaders agreed to implement other actions to help deal with the migrant crisis. Among these measures are the construction of houses and expediting asylum procedures, NBC News reports. more >>