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Pope allows communion for woman married to once-divorced man

April 24, 2014 12:00:00 AM PDT
Pope Francis may be re-considering a long-standing rule regarding communion and divorce in the Catholic Church.

Normally, people who are re-married, or married to a divorced person, aren't allowed to take communion.

The pope recently called an Argentine woman who's married to a divorced man and told her she can receive communion.

The phone call came in response to a letter Jacqueline Sabetta Lisbona wrote addressed to the pontiff in September asking for clarification on the issue.

"He called and asked for Jacquie. I asked, 'may I ask who is calling?' And he said Father Bergoglio," Jacqueline's husband Julio Sabetta said through a translator. "Then I said, 'OK, I will call her,' I called her and Jacquie came almost in tears. She spoke with the pope and, he said she was absolved of all sins, and she could go and get the Holy Communion because she has not done anything wrong."

A Vatican spokesman confirmed the telephone call but would not comment on the conversation.

The spokesman said any comments made by the pope should not be construed as a change in church doctrine.

The issue will be discussed during an October meeting.