Catholics across Samoa commemorate Legions of Mary’s spiritual renewal

The Legions of Mary is a group of members of the Roman Catholic Church, who serve on a voluntary basis – This is usually done by encouraging them in prayer, attending Mass and learning more about the Catholic faith.

The spirit renewal for the Legions of Mary is part of a four day programme for the Main Conference of the Archdiocese Samoa Apia.

During the conference, Legions of Mary and Catholic members from close to ten vicariates of the archdiocese Samoa Apia begun by carrying the Statues of Mary from Tofamamao to the cave at St Therese.

Pope to release new annulment procedures Tuesday

Francis will release the new rules after a Vatican-appointed commission of canon lawyers spent the past year studying ways to simplify the process while safeguarding the principle of the indissolubility of marriage, the Vatican said.

Catholic doctrine holds that a church marriage is forever. An annulment is a judgment by a church tribunal that the marriage had some inherent defect from the start. Reasons vary, including that the couple never intended their marriage to last or that one of the spouses didn't want children.