Don't treat divorced Catholics as outcasts, Pope tells priests

August 5, 2015 12:25 PM

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VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis told priests on Wednesday to be more merciful to Catholics who have divorced and remarried outside the Church, saying they should not be treated as if they had been excommunicated.

The delicate subject of how the 1.2-billion-member Church should treat divorced Catholics will be a major issue at a meeting of world bishops at the Vatican in October.

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