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Pope says “Abortion is forgiveable”

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Pope Francis will give all priests discretion to forgive women who have had abortions – a sin normally punishable by excommunication – if they ask for forgiveness during the Roman Catholic Church’s upcoming Holy Year of Mercy, the Vatican announced Tuesday.

Until now, a Catholic woman who wanted to repent for ending a pregnancy needed her diocese’s bishop to assign a priest deemed an expert in the subject to hear her confession.

But the pontiff said in a letter published by the Vatican that all priests will be allowed to grant absolution from Dec. 8, 2015, to Nov. 20, 2016 – as long as he determines that the woman is contrite.

“The tragedy of abortion is experienced by some with a superficial awareness, as if not realizing the extreme harm that such an act entails,” he wrote. “Many others, on the other hand, although experiencing this moment as a defeat, believe that they have no other option. I think in particular of all the women who have resorted to abortion. I am well aware of the pressure that has led them to this decision.”

Francis described the “existential and moral ordeal” faced by women who have terminated pregnancies and said he had “met so many women who bear in their heart the scar of this agonizing and painful decision.”

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In the spirit of mercy that he announced in March, Francis, 78, a native of Argentina, noted that “the forgiveness of God cannot be denied to one who has repented.”

“For this reason too, I have decided, notwithstanding anything to the contrary, to concede to all priests for the Jubilee Year the discretion to absolve of the sin of abortion those who have procured it and who, with contrite heart, seek forgiveness for it,” he wrote.

Francis has shown no intention of ending the church’s opposition to abortion – but has alarmed conservatives with his less forceful approach than his predecessors.

“This is by no means an attempt to minimize the gravity of this sin but to widen the possibility of showing mercy,” Vatican chief spokesman Father Federico Lombardi told Reuters.

Jon O’Brien, president of the advocacy group Catholics for Choice, applauded Francis for “practicing what he preaches and emphasizing a more pastoral, not political, approach.”

Unlike Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI, Francis is “trying to bridge the gulf between what the hierarchy says and what ordinary Catholics really do in their lives,” O’Brien told The Post.

Despite the Vatican’s announcement, O’Brien said he doesn’t believe women will be asking for forgiveness en masse.

“Catholic women know that they can in good conscience disagree with the hierarchy and still be good Catholics in good faith,” said O’Brien, who described Francis’ overture as a step in the right direction.

The president of the National Right to Life also expressed her support.

“While some women find healing and are able to work through the grief of killing their unborn baby, there are still many who have not been able to reach that point,” Carol Tobias said. “We welcome the efforts of Pope Francis to bring healing and forgiveness to men and women who have participated in the death of an unborn child.”

Catholics’ views of abortion depend largely on how often they attend religious services, according to a poll by the Public Religion Research Institute in August.

Thirty-five percent of Catholics who attend services weekly say abortion should be legal in all or most states – while 59 percent who attend monthly or less say the same, the poll found.

Francis’ announcement comes on the heels of his declaration last month that divorced Catholics “always belong to the church” – and that the church must be one of “open doors.”

The Holy Year is one of the 1.2 billion-member church’s most important events, and sees faithful make pilgrimages to Rome and other religious sites around the world.

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Remember the freak couple caught having sex on the counter at Dominos Pizza shop? They have been sentenced…lol

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Remember the British couple caught having sex on the counter of Dominos Pizza shop some months ago? Well, they went on trial this week for breaking local public decency laws.

 

The woman is a bartender named Daniella Hirst and her boyfriend is Craig Smith. They were found guilty in court yesterday and sentenced to a fine and community service. They will not serve any jail time.

Remember the freak couple caught having sex on the counter at Dominos Pizza shop? They have been sentenced...lol

 

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President Buhari, wife Aisha and daughter Hanan meet Turkish president and his wife

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President Buhari, his wife Mrs AIsha Buhari and daughter Halima joined President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey and his wife Mrs Ermine Erdogan in a group photo during the Official Working Visit at the Presidential Palace Ankara Turkey today October 19th.  President Buhari joined by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey also met Nigerian Footballer William Ekong who resides in Turkey.  President Buhari and his wife Mrs AIsha Buhari with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey accompanied by his wife Mrs Ermine Erdogan joined by Speaker of the Turkish Grand National Assembly Ismail Karahman during a Luncheon hosted in honor of President Buhari. See more photos below

Photos: President Buhari, wife Aisha and daughter Hanan meet Turkish president and his wife

Photos: President Buhari, wife Aisha and daughter Hanan meet Turkish president and his wife

Photos: President Buhari, wife Aisha and daughter Hanan meet Turkish president and his wife

Photos: President Buhari, wife Aisha and daughter Hanan meet Turkish president and his wife

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Donald Trump is a “foul-mouthed man who pretends to be an idiot” – Iran’s Supreme leader, Ayatollah

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Reacting to US President, Donald Trump’s intention to decertify the Iran nuclear deal, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader, has described Trump as “foul-mouthed” and someone who “pretends to be an idiot.”

 

He spoke before a group of what was described by his office as “hundreds of young elites and outstanding scientific talents” saying that the European opposition to Trump’s decision was “good, but not enough.”

 

“The Europeans must stand up against the US measures including the sanctions they anticipate to emerge from Congress,” he said.

 

Khamenei told his audience that he didn’t want to spend his time commenting on Trump saying “it would be a waste of time to respond to such blatherings and nonsensical remarks by the foul-mouthed US President who pretends to be an idiot, but this should not cause us to let our guard down. They want to take back young, faithful and developed Iran to 50 years ago, and of course this is not possible, but due to backwardness, they are incapable of understanding this reality, and for this reason they have made a miscalculation and suffered, and will suffer successive defeats at the hands of the Iranian nation,” he said.

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