Vatican Statement on Pope’s Phone Call to Woman in Argentina

Fr. Lombardi Says Media Amplification Cannot be Confirmed as Reliable

Vatican Press Office Director Father Federico Lombardi issued the following statement this morning concerning Pope Francis’ recent telephone call to a woman in Argentina who some press reports said was divorced and remarried. The reports suggested the Holy Father told her she could receive Holy Communion.

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Statement from the Director of the Holy See Press Office

Several telephone calls have taken place in the context of Pope Francis’ personal pastoral relationships.

Since they do not in any way form part of the Pope’s public activities, no information or comments are to be expected from the Holy See Press Office.

That which has been communicated in relation to this matter, outside the scope of personal relationships, and the consequent media amplification, cannot be confirmed as reliable, and is a source of misunderstanding and confusion.

Therefore, consequences relating to the teaching of the Church are not to be inferred from these occurrences.

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