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Evansville bishop welcomes change to annulment process

EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) -

Pope Francis is streamlining the Catholic Church's annulment process.

The pope issued a new church law providing fast-track decisions and removing automatic appeals.

Catholics who divorce must get an annulment if they want to remarry in the church.

But the process has long been criticized for being complicated, costly and out of reach.

We spoke with Bishop Charles Thompson of the Evansville Catholic diocese.

He welcomes the change.

“Again, it's how we continue to heal, reconcile and help families to be united and strengthened,” he told us.  “I think this process will help to do just that, to help with families.”

Bishop Thompson is preparing for Pope Francis' upcoming visit to the United States.

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