Pope opens Church meeting amid tensions with conservatives

Vatican City (AFP) – Pope Francis opens a major congress on the Catholic Church’s future amid tensions with conservatives on issues from LGBTQ believers to the treatment of divorcees. The general assembly of the Synod of Bishops gathers in the wake of an unprecedented two-year global consultation that will also address topics such as women deacons and priestly celibacy. It will take place over four weeks in Rome.


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