Pope says divorced couples should not be 'condemned', but 'accompanied'
VATICAN CITY (AFP) - Pope Francis on Friday said couples whose marriages fail should be "accompanied" and not "condemned", wading into a debate on divorce that is testing his promise to put the Church in touch with modern life.
"When love fails, and it fails many times, we have to feel the pain of that failure, accompany the people who have felt the failure of their love," the Pope said during the daily mass he holds in the Vatican.
"Don't condemn them! Walk with them!" he said, adding: "We have to be so close to the brothers and sisters who have suffered the failure of love in their lives."
The main issue is whether divorcees who re-marry should be allowed to take part in the most sacred point of Catholic mass, Holy Communion, which is forbidden under current rules that in practice are often not observed.