Pope Francis has presided over the marriage of 20 couples at the Vatican, including some who were cohabiting. According to BBC News, one of the couples married was a man whose previous marriage was annulled and a single mother with a daughter from a previous relationship. During the two-hour ceremony, Pope Francis told the couples that marriage was "not an easy road, it's sometimes a contentious trip, but that's life."
Very slowly, the church under the guidance of Pope Francis is facing the fact that many Catholic couples cohabit before marriage, use contraception freely and divorce and remarry without seeking
an annulment, says the BBC's David Willey in Rome.