- Associated Press - Friday, April 8, 2016

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - Catholic students at the University of Illinois say Pope Francis’ new document about families is a demonstration to Catholics about how to live their faith.

In “The Joy of Love” Pope Francis on Friday stressed mercy over long-held rules of the church for Catholics whose family relationships don’t meet those rules.

Mick Best is a 19-year-old sophomore studying physics. He said just after Mass on Friday at a Catholic center on campus the pope’s instructions are an invitation back to the church to some who may not feel welcome. But Best does not see the pope’s guidance as a license to break church rules.

Natalie Ang is a 20-year-old advertising student. She believes the pope wants church members to ask hard questions about difficult subjects rather than wait for instructions.

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