Pope marries 20 couples – indicating change? Admin Tuesday, September 16, 2014 Pope Francis married several couples – some in irregular situations – leading some to speculate that he’s moving beyond Church rules in order to be more welcoming. © 2023 The Catholic Thing. All rights reserved. For reprint rights, write to: [email protected] The Catholic Thing is a forum for intelligent Catholic commentary. Opinions expressed by writers are solely their own.