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No heresy in showing mercy to divorced and remarried

VATICAN (CNS): “A heresy is a tenacious disagreement with formal dogma. The doctrine of the indissolubility of marriage has not been called into question on Pope Francis’ part,” Walter Cardinal Kasper, a theologian, told Vatican News on March 5.
 

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World Meeting of Families to focus on The Joy of Love

DUBLIN (CNS): The ninth World Meeting of Families will be held in dublin, Ireland from August 21 to 26, the organisers announced on February 28. A preliminary programme for the Pastoral Congress is scheduled frome August 22 to 24, the festival of families on August 25, followed by the final outdoor Mass in Dublin’s Phoenix Park on August 26.
 
The Vatican has not confirmed whether Pope Francis will attend.
 

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Pope moves on communion for divorced and remarried

VATICAN (SE); A few words of Latin strung across four lines inserted into the Acta Apostolica Sedis, or the monthly Holy See gazette, dated June 5, has put a new perspective on the ongoing debate prompted by Chapter VIII of The Joy of Love (Amoris Laetitia), around which a long discussion over the possibility of divorced and remarried receiving communion in certain circumstances has evolved.
 

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Canon law top dog argues for Joy of Love

VATICAN (SE): In a booklet launched on February 14 directly addressing the controversial Chapter Eight of Pope Francis’ The Joy of Love (Amoris Laetitia), penned at the conclusion of the 2016 Synod of Bishops on Marriage and Family Life, Francisco Cardinal Coccopalmerio sets out to effectively break down barriers that may exist between doctrine and pastoral ministry.

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This is not a top down Church

HONG KONG (SE): In a wide-ranging conversation about secularism, war, fundamentalism and his latest apostolic exhortation, The Joy of Love (Amoris Laetitia), Pope Francis spoke about the role and purpose of synodality in the Church, saying that he is not there to dictate, but to listen to local Churches, harmonise them and to discern.

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Pope harsh on self-interest critics

HONG KONG (SE): “Following the publication of your apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love), theologians and scholars have proposed interpretations that are not only divergent, but also conflicting,” a letter to Pope Francis under the title, Seeking Clarity: A plea to untie the knots in Amoris Laetitia, and signed by four cardinals begins.

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Pope Francis calls the family an opportunity not a problem

On 4 April 2016, Timothy Cardinal Dolan gave an interview to the French Catholic newspaper, Crux, in which he ventured a guess at what Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation, The Joy of Love (Amoris Laetitia), was going to be about.

He predicted it would be about marriage and not divorce. Now that the document is public, one can easily see that he was right. 








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Pope gives a new slant on facing difficulties

Several weeks ago Walter Cardinal Kasper predicted that Pope Francis’ much-awaited document on the family would be the beginning of the biggest reform in 1,700 years.

He probably jumped the gun. But then again, it all depends which of those words you stress—beginning, biggest or reform.








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Education is part of pastoral care

HONG KONG (UCAN): Leaders in the Church around eastern Asia are saying they are happy that the exhortation of Pope Francis, The Joy of Love (Amoris Laetitia) is affirming of Church teaching on marriage and the family, while at the same time pointing to the need for change in the way pastoral care is understood.

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Frustration with annulment

HONG KONG (UCAN): Despite finding comfort in the latest apostolic exhortation from Pope Francis, The Joy of Love (Amoris Laetitia), a divorced and remarried Catholic in Hong Kong said she has lost faith in the Church hierarchy and would not seek its help anymore in resolving the issue of her divorce after two failed attempts.