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  • Top of the Morning: Pope Francis Wants Annulment Process to Be Simpler, Cheaper

    The Pope, who will arrive in the Philippines today, wants a reform of the matrimonial process
  • 1. Pope wants to "simplify" annulment process

    Pope Francis

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    Archbishop Emeritus Cruz said in an interview Wednesday, January 14, that Pope Francis wants to make the annulment process simpler and quicker, adding that it could also be made cheaper at P15,000. The number of marriage annulment and nullity cases has been constantly on the rise. Last September 2014, Vatican Radio reported that Pope Francis wants to "establish a Special Commission for the study of the reform of the matrimonial process in canon law." (gmanetwork.com)

    2. Cristine Reyes shares pregnancy photos


    Actress Cristine Reyes, now six months pregnant, recently posted photos of her baby bump on Instagram, sharing how she and her boyfriend, mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter Ali Khatibi, stay fit. She also shared that she's in good hands, as Ali's brother trains her in preparation for the baby's delivery. (pep.ph)

    3. ABS-CBN talent Xian Lim voices Paddington Bear
    The new Philippine trailer of the family movie "Paddington", which features our very own Xian Lim as the voice of Paddington Bear, has been released! Local distributor of the file Captive Cinema also released behind-the-scenes footage of the actor doing voice work for the film on their Facebook page. The movie, which also stars Nicole Kidman, Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey), and Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine), will be released locally in February. (abs-cbnnews.com)

    Watch the trailer:


    Xian Lim in the dubbing studio:


    4. The Royal Family joins social media

    Well, sort of. The Royal official announced on Wednesday, January 14, the official Twitter and Instagram account of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. Follow @KensingtonRoyal for official updates, and hope to see more photos of Prince George! (huffingtonpost.com)

    5. "BPA-free remedy" Bisphenol-S is just as harmful

    A new study from Scientists at the University of Calgary found that bisphenol-S (BPS), a replacement chemical for the dangerous bisphenol-A (BPA) is just as harmful to our health. Exposure to BPS is particularly harmful to fetal development. The study recommends removing all bisphenols from consumer goods. (ryot.org)

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