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Rome, Italy -- Refresher course in matrimonial law and canonical procedures

From September 20 to 24 the refresher course in matrimonial law and canonical procedure was held for the fourth time at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross. Taking part were over 240 people involved in ecclesiastical tribunals from 38 countries. Among those making presentations were Archbishop Raymond Burke (President of the Roman Apostolic Signature), Bishop Antoni Stankiewicz (Dean of the Tribunal of the Roman Rota), and other canonists such as Msgr. Giuseppe Sciacca, Msgr. Carlos Manuel Morán, Msgr. Carlos Jose Errázuriz, Msgr. Paolo Bianchi, Msgr. Joaquin Llobell, Rev. Hector Franceschi, Rev. Massimo del Pozzo, Rev. Nikolaus Schök, Rev. Miguel Ángel Ortiz. Franco Poterzio, doctor in psychiatry, also gave a presentation. A number of round tables were offered in four languages: Italian, English, Spanish, and French.

The course was aimed at presenting to participants jurisprudential developments in the process of declaring the nullity of marriages and some problem that frequently arise in this regard. Many of the speakers highlighted Benedict XVI’s address to the Tribunal of the Roman Rota, on January 29, 2010, in which the Pontiff said that “both justice and charity demand a love for the truth and necessarily lead to the search for the truth.”

Romana, No. 51, January-January 2010, p. 382.

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