SHAFAQNA – Among the men and women Pope Francis was set to unite in marriage were Catholics who have been living together as well as couples who already have children. The pope, who is the bishop of Rome, will preside over his first wedding ceremony as pontiff during a nuptial Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica Sept. 14 .The event, which will see 20 couples from the Diocese of Rome celebrate the Sacrament of Marriage, was organized by the vicariate of Rome.
“Those who will get married Sunday are couples like many others,” the diocese said in a press release Sept. 10.
The ages of the brides and grooms range from the youngest being 25 to the oldest being 56, the vicariate said.
It said the couples also come from all kinds of situations with some “who have been engaged for a long period of time or for not as long; there are those who are already cohabitating; who already have children; who got to know each other in church,” it said.
While cohabitation is not in itself a canonical impediment to marriage, it is contrary to the church’s teaching on marriage and sexual love. The church urges that pastoral ministers help couples preparing for marriage by showing them the witness of Christian family life in such a way as they may regularize their situation before their wedding ceremony.
One of the brides, identified only as Gabriella, has never been married, but she had a daughter when she was quite young, she told the Italian daily La Repubblica Sept. 9. Her grown daughter will also attend the ceremony at the Vatican, Gabriella said.
Gabriella’s fiance, Guido, has had an annulment, the newspaper said.
Source : http://www.patheos.com/blogs/deaconsbench/2014/09/pope-will-preside-at-wedding-of-couples-living-together-some-with-children/