A view of St. John at the Lateran Basilica in Rome as Pope Francis participates in a meeting with Rome's parishes, Thursday, June 16, 2016 (Tony Gentile/Pool Photo via AP)
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Pope Francis has said the "great majority" of Catholic marriages being celebrated today are invalid because couples do not fully realise it is a lifetime commitment, drawing sharp criticism from Church conservatives.A Vatican spokesman said the pope's off-the-cuff remarks are sometimes edited after consulting with him or among aides.Critics appeared to take the pope's words as a suggestion that most Catholics do not take their marriage vows seriously.The Catholic Church teaches that a marriage can be ended only by death or an annulment -- a Church ruling it was not valid in the first place because it lacked prerequisites such as free will and psychological maturity.
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