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Some Eastern European bishops are expressing reluctance to welcome refugees, or urging that displaced Christians be given preferential treatment, or remaining silent on the refugee crisis in Europe.
Distinctly Catholic: Pope Francis' decision to name Bishop Kevin Farrell to head the new dicastery on family, marriage and the laity is not just good news per se because Bishop Farrell is one of the ablest administrators in the church.
Some still disagree about the meaning behind Pope Francis' exhortation on marriage and family, three months after it was published.
Pastors must discern with divorced and remarried Catholics before determining whether the admission to the sacraments is possible, as is the practice of the Vienna archdiocese.