Holy Father Pope Francis addressed the participants of a training course for clerics and laity held by the Apostolic Tribunal of the Roman Rota. His Holiness Pope Francis focused on new matrimonial norms and Super Rato procedures. His Holiness stressed the importance of pastoral consolation, which is the goal of matrimonial norms.

As reported by Vatican Radio, Holy Father Pope Francis remarked that “It is necessary to give greater attention and proper analysis to the two recent motu proprios: Mitis Iudex Dominus Iesus and Mitis et misericors Iesus, in order to apply the new procedures that have been established.” Further, His Holiness added, “These two measures arose from a synodal context and are the expression of a synodal path. Let that synodal path become the basis of your action in the Church, especially in such a delicate field as marriage and the family.”

His Holiness Pope Francis told the participants that they were called to be close to the loneliness and suffering of the faithful waiting for ecclesial justice and to provide the help needed to regain the peace of their consciences and the will of God on readmission to the Eucharist. Holy Father also underlined the role of Diocesan Bishop and emphasized that diocesan bishop was the natural judge in the new shorter process and it is an obligation that comes to the Bishop from his consecration and the mission that has been entrusted to him.