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25 Nov 2015 Middle East - Africa News Comments (1)

LIVE: Pope Francis arrives in Kenya - Watch

Watch a Live coverage of the Pope's arrival in Nairobi (Kenya) at the start of his papal visit to Africa

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24 Dec 2014 Q&A No comments

May a couple who marry in the Church, divorce, and later reconcile resume marital relations?

Full Question A husband and wife are validly married in the Catholic Church, and after several years get a civil divorce, never seek an annulment, live cha…

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09 Nov 2014 Q&A No comments

Is there a difference between a presider and a celebrant?

Full Question I've recently seen places in the missalette where it lists celebrant and presider. Doesn't it mean priest or deacon? What do these really mea…

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23 Sep 2015 News USA No comments

Previewing the Pope at the United Nations: a call to abandon no one

In his much anticipated speech at the United Nations headquarters to be delivered Friday, Pope Francis will likely call on the countries of the world not to aba…

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02 Sep 2016 Uncategorized No comments

Archbishop of Canterbury to join Pope Francis in marking 30 years since Assisi

Religious leaders will participate in a three-day event celebrating the first World Day of Prayer The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, will join Pope Fr…

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21 Oct 2015 News Vatican No comments

Sir James MacMillan to compose work for Fátima anniversary

The celebration in 2017 will be attended by Pope Francis Composer Sir James MacMillan has been commissioned by the Shrine of Fátima to write a work for the s…

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31 May 2016 USA Vatican No comments

Pope appoints pastor as new auxiliary bishop for Philadelphia Archdiocese

Mgr Edward Deliman's appointment was announced by the apostolic nuncio to the United States Pope Francis has named Mgr Edward Deliman, who is a priest of the P…

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17 Dec 2015 News USA No comments

A combined Plea of Intervention for Persecuted Christians

On Tuesday, December 15th, the Canadian Rabbinic Caucus and the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops had a joint meeting and have sent an appeal to Stéphane …

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20 Oct 2015 News Vatican No comments

Why the Synod of Bishops is more than Rock’em Sock’em Robots

When you talk to people taking part in the 2015 Synod of Bishops on the family and ask where things stand, one observation you’ll often hear is that public impr…

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If a baptized Catholic marries a non-baptized person, is that a valid marriage?

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If a baptized Catholic marries a non-baptized person, is that a valid marriage? Are there any special requirements?


The Code of Canon Law allows this by dispensation only. Here are the requirements for dispensation:

The local ordinary can grant a permission of this kind if there is a just and reasonable cause. He is not to grant it unless the following conditions have been fulfilled:
  1. the Catholic party is to declare that he or she is prepared to remove dangers of defecting from the faith and is to make a sincere promise to do all in his or her power so that all offspring are baptized and brought up in the Catholic Church;
  2. the other party is to be informed at an appropriate time about the promises which the Catholic party is to make, in such a way that it is certain that he or she is truly aware of the promise and obligation of the Catholic party;
  3. both parties are to be instructed about the purposes and essential properties of marriage which neither of the contracting parties is to exclude. (CIC 1125)


  1. Rudy Reply

    So is that a yes or no???

  2. Moe Reply

    yes but with conditions. my dad is Jewish and my mom is Catholic. For my mom and dad to be married in the church, she had to promise to raise her children Catholic and for my father to be okay with that.

    1. Mezan Reply

      @ Moe, if i may ask, how has your parents marriage worked? I’m dating a Jew and im catholic and has always been and if i do end up marrying this guy im scared our marriage wont work due to our belief. Did they have a common ground or something?

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  4. Flor Reply

    Yes! I got married in that form.

  5. Eliza Reply

    I married a man whose father did not believe in organized religion so at that time he did not believe in God or Jesus. Through our Engagement Encounter (so much better than Pre Cana), 18 years of marriage and 16 years of raising our sons in the Catholic faith (especially Catholic education since PreK), he embraces our Faith. Our family hasn’t given up on baptism and confirmation one day! Our marriage was performed by my uncle (Dominican Priest) with 16 additional Priests participating. He is the best father and supportive husband. We live modestly, “do without”, and devote our lives to service to others so our boys can have a Catholic education and live the true Judeo-Christian Doctrine. He is a better man than I deserve and my family is blessed!

  6. Margarey Reply

    Eliza, Im happy for you. My story is somehow like yours only without the happy ending. Im still praying and believing God for that happy ending. Amen!

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