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Pope Tells Priests to Pardon Women who Have Abortions

Pope Francis is calling for priests to absolve women of the “sin of abortion” during the upcoming "Holy Year of Mercy," a move that breaks with the traditional stance of the Roman Catholic Church. In a letter published Tuesday by the Vatican before the Jubilee year starting in December, the pope said he knew "abortion is experienced by some with a superficial awareness," but that many others "believe that they have no other option." He declared priests can...

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