Pope defends hetero marriage as he opens synod

October 4, 2015 6:16 PM

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At conference of world's bishops, pontiff also questions how church can better minister to families experiencing divorce

Pope Francis opened a divisive meeting of the world's bishops on family issues Sunday by forcefully asserting that marriage is an indissoluble bond between man and woman. But he said the church doesn't judge and must "seek out and care for hurting couples with the balm of acceptance and mercy."

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