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Young people need well-formed consciences
VATICAN CITY — The Catholic Church must dedicate itself to properly forming and safeguarding the conscience of its faithful, especially young people so they can see God's plan for the sacrament of marriage as a great joy for the church and all of humanity, Pope Francis said.
The recent synods on marriage and the family, as well as the apostolic exhortation on the family, "Amoris Laetitia," were focused on "how to save young people from the uproar and deafening noise of the ephemeral, which leads them to reject taking on stable and positive commitments for the individual and collective good," the pope said.
In a speech Jan. 29 to members of the Tribunal of the Roman Rota, which mainly deals with appeals filed in marriage annulment cases, the pope examined the central role conscience plays in the process of discerning the nullity or validity of the bond of marriage. "The conscience takes on a decisive role in the demanding decisions engaged couples must face in accepting and building a conjugal union and family according to God's plan," he said.
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