Pope calls for 'another way' for Catholic divorcees

Pope Francis speaks next to Cardinal Agostino Vallini (left) during Francis' visit to the Roman Diocese in Basilica of Saint John Lateran in Rome, on Sept 16, 2013. Pope Francis on Monday called for "another way" of treating divorcees who remarry - a
Pope Francis speaks next to Cardinal Agostino Vallini (left) during Francis' visit to the Roman Diocese in Basilica of Saint John Lateran in Rome, on Sept 16, 2013. Pope Francis on Monday called for "another way" of treating divorcees who remarry - a thorny issue since Catholics who wed a second time are currently not allowed to receive Holy Communion at mass. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

ROME (AFP) - Pope Francis on Monday called for "another way" of treating divorcees who remarry - a thorny issue since Catholics who wed a second time are currently not allowed to receive Holy Communion at mass.

Catholic faithful should "feel at home" in parishes and those who have remarried should be treated with "justice", the pope was quoted as saying by Romasette, the local newspaper for the diocese of Rome.

"Our duty is to find another way in justice," he said.

Francis was meeting with hundreds of Rome priests in the Basilica of St John Lateran and he reminded them that his predecessor Benedict XVI had already addressed the issue of Catholic divorcees.