VATICAN CITY — What should the faithful be aware of when the Vatican publishes Pope Francis’ highly anticipated summary document on the synods on the family on Friday?Various figures have already tried to spin the post-synodal apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love) and speculate on its contents, largely based on the text of the final report of last year’s Ordinary Synod on the Family.Although such speculation mostly appears to be wishful thinking, rather than based on advance knowledge of what the Pope has actually written in the document that he signed on March 19, what is public knowledge is that paragraphs about the pastoral care of civilly remarried divorcees, and whether or not the apostolic exhortation will “open the door” to them receiving holy Communion, will be the most potentially controversial element.

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