Krakow. In 2021, there were more civil than church contracts. Curia: A guilty pandemic

According to the data of the Registry Office in Krakow, in 2021 and 2020, more civil weddings were held in the city than concordat weddings, i.e. church weddings, religious weddings. In 2021, 1,842 civil and 1,345 church weddings took place in Kraków, and a year earlier – 1,437 civil and 1,277 concordat weddings, according to krakow.naszemiasto.pl.

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Previously, there were more concordat weddings, but according to statistics, the number of civil weddings was systematically increasing, and the number of concordat weddings decreased: in 2019, 1,558 civil acts were signed in the capital of Małopolska, while 1,725 ​​couples decided to conclude a church wedding; in 2018, there were 1,495 civil and 1,822 church weddings; in 2017 – 1,422 civil and 1,812 church weddings; and in 2016 – 1294 civil and 1884 church.

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The spokesman of the Maopolska curia, Fr. Łukasz Michalczewski believes that the main cause of this state of affairs is the pandemic. – Some people get a civil marriage earlier, and a church one is postponed for various reasons. Before the pandemic, this was due to, for example, loans. During the pandemic, church ceremonies were canceled, among others due to the inability to organize a large party, which was planned and which, due to the restrictions, could not take place – said Fr. Michalczewski, quoted by RMF 24 after PAP.

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The clergyman also pointed out that “in Krakow many couples are practicing Catholics, but due to canonical obstacles they cannot take the sacrament of marriage”. Speech incl. about the faithful whose previous marriages have not been annulled.

Last year, a total of 4,445 marriage certificates were prepared in Kraków, and a year earlier – 3,286.

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Mixed marriages in 2021. Cracovians concluded the most weddings with Ukrainians

Last year, the Krakow registry office granted 359 marriages to foreigners. The most weddings were made by mixed couples: 102 Polish-Ukrainian, 20 Polish-Italian and 17 Polish-French weddings.

The inhabitants of Krakow also stood at the wedding carpet with citizens from more distant countries, such as Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Jordan, Tajikistan, Colombia, South Korea, Mongolia, El Salvador and the Seychelles.

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The Krakow office also concluded 25 marriages between foreigners. Most, because 13 pairs were in the relationship: Ukraine-Ukraine, and the remaining 12 unions are pairs from the following countries: Belgium – Romania, Belgium – Ukraine, Belarus – Belarus, Belarus – Nigeria, Belarus – Russia, Belarus – Ukraine, Bulgaria – Turkey, Croatia – Spain, Finland – Senegal, France – Russia, Guatemala – Iran, Russia – USA.

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