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Archdiocese of Portland reacts to Pope Francis's decision to forgive abortion

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In the latest move toward a more open and inclusive church, Pope Francis will now allow priests to forgive abortions during the Catholic Church's Holy Year of Jubilee, also called the Year of Mercy.

The decision came down in a letter from the Vatican on Tuesday.

In the letter, Pope Francis describes the moral ordeal women face when they terminate a pregnancy and said he had spoken to many women who suffer pain over their decision.

Until now, woman who have had abortions, along with those who helped them do it, were automatically excommunicated by the Catholic Church. They were only let back in with the permission of a bishop.

Now, priests will be able to grant absolution. 

It's just the latest progressive move by Pope Francis that many Catholics are standing behind.

FOX 12 asked the Archdiocese of Portland about the decision and they said they will go along the Pope's instruction.

They said "those who have confessed this sin in the Archdiocese of Portland (and most other dioceses in the U.S.) can be assured they have validly received absolution."

The Holy Year of Jubilee begins on December 8.

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