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Thursday
Apr242014

Vatican: Media 'Misunderstood' Phone Call Between Pope, Woman

Dan Kitwood/Getty Images(ROME) -- The Vatican says the media have "misunderstood" a phone call Pope Francis made to an Argentine woman who sought clarification about the Catholic rite of Communion.

Jacqueline Lisboa made public the pope's call to her on Easter when she says he told her there was nothing wrong with receiving Holy Communion as a divorced and remarried woman. Catholic doctrine forbids divorced and remarried people from taking part in the rite.

Lisboa's husband, Julio Sabetta, posted on his Facebook page that the pope said the matter was being discussed at the Vatican. After Lisbao's priest refused to give her Communion, the pope suggested she "Go to another church and confess, there is no problem."

The Vatican at first refused to confirm the call. Later, it said people should "avoid inferring things regarding the Church's teaching" from it.

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