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Analysis | John L. Allen Jr.

Fracas over divorce stirred by call from the pope

Since his election, Pope Francis has displayed a generally unerring PR touch. This week, however, he stepped on his own story, creating a distraction from the impending canonizations of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II with a phone call that stoked confusion about where he stands on divorced and remarried Catholics.

In brief, an Argentine woman named Jacqueline Sabetta Lisbona had written to the pontiff some time ago to voice concern that because her husband had been divorced, and because she married him outside the church, both she and her husband are barred from receiving communion.

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