Pope Francis blesses a woman during the opening of a meeting of Rome's diocese in Saint John Lateran basilica in Rome, Italy, June 16, 2016. REUTERS/Tony Gentile
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Pope Francis has said the "great majority" of Catholic marriages being celebrated today are invalid because couples do not fully realize 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.Conservatives also chided Francis for also saying that priests should not pressure couples who were cohabitating if they were not ready to get married.
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