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Pope calls for a more compassionate church

Friday, April 08, 2016 - 01:28

Pope Francis is calling for a compassionate Church open to ''imperfect'' Catholics in his much-awaited document on family and marriage, called ''Amoris Laetitia,'' (The Joy of Love). Nathan Frandino reports.

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The new treatise by Pope Francis calls for a more compassionate Catholic Church. The highly anticipated document urges the Church to be more open toward what it calls, imperfect Catholics....specifically those who've divorced and remarried, and who are therefore ineligible to receive communion unless they receive an annulment. Italian Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, who presented the document, says the pope wants to help families who are struggling. (SOUNDBITE) (Italian) CARDINAL LORENZO BALDISSERI SAYING: "Today, he continues, more important than pastoral failures are the pastoral efforts to strengthen marriages and in doing so, preventing them from falling apart." In the treatise, known in English as "The Joy of Love," Francis quoted Martin Luther King, Argentine Poet Jorge Luis Borges and others to make the case for a more merciful and loving Church. Baldisseri says it's this approach that will help families and divorcees. (SOUNDBITE) (Italian) CARDINAL LORENZO BALDISSERI SAYING: "And I quote, without diminishing the value of the evangelical ideal, we must have mercy and patience when we accompany the people in their possibility for growth." Francis has long shown mercy for those suffering under rigid Catholic doctrine, saying "no one can be condemned forever."

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Pope calls for a more compassionate church

Friday, April 08, 2016 - 01:28