Pope Francis stated that the changes in the process of securing a declaration of nullity were motivated by “concern for the salvation of souls,” and particularly “charity and mercy” toward those who feel alienated from the Church because of their marriage situations. It’s important to note that the new rules are about declaring the nullity of a marriage; declaring that it never existed as a valid sacrament, rather than about annulling marriages, hence affirming the Catholic teaching on marriage indissolubility. While the process still remains a judicial one, the need for review by a second judge will no longer be necessary, unless an appeal is made, therefore typically expediting the overall time involved. Additional procedural streamlining will mean that for most people the process will take less than a year. Read more at http://www.news.va/en/news/pope-francis-reforms-church-law-in-marital-nullity and http://www.news.va/en/news/press-conference-details-marriage-law-reforms.