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Pope Urges Cardinals to Tackle Divisive Family Issues With Courage

Pope Francis on Thursday urged cardinals gathered to discuss family-related issues such as contraception, cohabitation, divorce and gay relationships to be "intelligent, courageous and loving" in their debate.   He was opening two days of closed-door sessions with some 185 cardinals from around the world to prepare for an autumn synod of bishops that will discuss the issues at greater length.   “We are called to make known God's magnificent plan for the family and...

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