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Pope: Church Must Welcome Divorced, Remarried Catholics

Catholics who divorce and remarry deserve better treatment from the church, Pope Francis told priests Wednesday, adding the couples should be treated with mercy and not as if they are excommunicated. According to church teachings, Catholics who divorce and remarry are living in sin – because their first marriage is still valid in the eyes of the church – and are not allowed to receive the Eucharist. Francis' emphasis on mercy in church leadership has raised hope among...

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