Planned Parenthood News: Abortion edict Pope Francis stresses mercy amid culture clashes

NEW YORK — Pope Francis asserted his global papal authority on Tuesday, authorizing Roman Catholic priests around the world to offer reconciliation and forgiveness to women who have had abortions.

The move represents another example of what has become a hallmark of Francis’ papacy: promoting a more pastoral tone amid the culture-clashing issues of same-sex relationships, the status of divorced Catholics, and now abortion. ∞∞∞∞∞ MORE »»»»

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