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In this picture made available by the Vatican newspaper Osservatore Romano, Pope Benedict XVI, right, meets with members the Roman Rota, the Vatican tribunal that decides marriage annulments, at the Vatican, Saturday, Jan. 22, 2011. The Pontiff told priests Saturday to do a better job counseling would-be spouses to ensure their marriages last and said no one has an absolute right to a wedding. (AP Photo/Osservatore Romano, HO)

Pope: Care needed in pre-marriage counseling, says marriage is not an absolute right

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Pope Benedict XVI told priests Saturday to do a better job counseling would-be spouses to ensure their marriages last and said no one has an absolute right to a wedding.

Benedict made the comments in his annual speech to the Roman Rota, the Vatican tribunal that decides marriage annulments. An annulment is the process by which the church effectively declares that a marriage never took place.

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