Pope Francis Softens Communion Ban for Divorcees, Shifts Tone on Family

April 8, 2016 10:03 AM

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Pope Francis Softens Communion Ban for Divorcees, Shifts Tone on Family

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis softened the ban on giving Communion to remarried divorcees Friday, issuing a major document that struck a new tone in some Catholic Church attitudes to family life.

The pontiff avoided a firm ruling on whether civilly-remarried Catholics can receive Communion, instead encouraging priests to show "pastoral discernment" in the "complicated" situations of their parishioners.

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