Holy See Refutes News Reports on Communion for 'Remarried-Divorced'

Pontifical Council for the Family Denies Preparing Document

Vatican City, (Zenit.org) Junno Arocho Esteves | 1632 hits

A recent news report stating that the Pontifical Council for the Family is working on a document on distributing Communion to divorced people who have sought to re-marry prompted a denial from the Holy See.

An article by an Italian news agency claimed that Pope Francis appointed Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, to draft a document to find “a solution” for those who are "remarried divorced persons" to receive Communion. The report also claimed that the Holy Father’s move was prompted by requests from “many Italian bishops.”

The report spread throughout various news and media agencies in the country.

In a statement released by the Holy See Press Office, the Pontifical Council for the Family denied the bogus reports.

“The Pontifical Council for the Family declares that there is no basis to the news, circulated by some press agencies, that a document on distributing Communion to remarried divorced persons is being prepared,” the communique stated.