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Examining the rules for divorced and remarried Catholics the right thing to do


I am delighted to hear that the pope, and probably the upcoming Synod of Bishops on the family, are reconsidering the question of Communion for divorced and remarried Catholics.

When this topic comes up, I am haunted by images of my Aunt Marian.  She was my father's sister, a wonderful woman with a loving heart and a sharp wit. She married my Uncle Alan, who was not a Catholic but had been divorced. And of course, the powers that be in the church told Marian she could not receive Communion.  

Vietnam cardinal's departure leaves questions


HO CHI MINH CITY -- Pope Francis on March 22nd formally accepted the resignation of Cardinal Jean Baptiste Pham Minh Man who is stepping down after serving 16 years as archbishop of the Ho Chi Minh City archdiocese.

While the move has long been coming and his successor was named last year, Man’s departure leaves a large hole in the fabric of pastoral leadership here and questions about critical between church and state in Vietnam, which is officially a communist country.


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