Springfield’s release aligns the canons in the diocese with the policies implemented by their archbishop. That policy, which was announced in December, also went into effect on Jan. 25.
King Felipe VI's visit marks the 500th anniversary of the founding of San Juan, and is meant to strengthen commercial exchange.
'We expressed the desire for collaboration between the two institutions, the State and the Church, for the common good, for the good of Spanish society,' explained Cardinal Omella.
Amid a build-up of Russian troops on the border of Ukraine, Pope Francis called last Sunday for a day of prayer for peace on Jan. 26.
Pope Francis called for Jan. 26 to be a day of prayer for peace in Ukraine during his Angelus address last Sunday amid fears of a potential deeper Russian incursion into the Eastern European country.