Pope at Synod's End: 'Today Is a Time of Mercy'

October 25, 2015 9:46 AM

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis declared Sunday that "Today is a time of mercy!" as he closed out a historic meeting of bishops that approved an important new direction in welcoming divorced and civilly remarried Catholics into the church.

The synod's endorsement, by a single vote, of Francis' call for a more merciful, less judgmental church was a clear victory for Francis and progressive prelates who have been seeking wiggle room in church teaching to allow these remarried Catholics to receive Communion. Conservatives had objected, c...

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