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Archbishop of Westminster to bless 600 couples

The Archbishop of Westminster will bless more than 600 married couples today to celebrate marriage as "an exclusive commitment and a life-long partnership between a man and a woman".

Westminster Cathedral where the blessings will take place Credit: Ben Curtis/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The couples - who have almost 20,000 years of marriage between them - are all celebrating their 10th, 25th, 40th, 50th or 60th+ wedding anniversaries this year.

In his homily, Archbishop Vincent Nichols will say that marriage between man and woman is "sorely needed today" and serves society during the "hardship and deprivation today".

He will tell the couples that marriage "fulfils husband and wife and is itself fulfilled in the life of the family".