Visitors and experts say they welcome the pope's treatise on marriage and the family that calls for a less strict and more compassionate Catholic Church. Nathan Frandino reports.
Here at the Vatican... change is in the air. News of Pope Francis's treatise on marriage and the family is moving fast. (SOUNDBITE) (English) AUTHOR AND VATICAN JOURNALIST FOR NEWSPAPER IL FATTO QUOTIDIANO MARCO POLITI, SAYING: "It's very interesting. It's very nuanced. Finally, there is also a fresh air in the description of the families." Marco Politi is an author and Vatican journalist for the newspaper Il Fatto Quotidiano. (SOUNDBITE) (English) AUTHOR AND VATICAN JOURNALIST FOR NEWSPAPER IL FATTO QUOTIDIANO MARCO POLITI, SAYING: "It shows also the sign of a compromise. The pope opens a new window in the language and in the attitude towards remarried and divorced people." The document released on Friday urges the Church to be more open toward what it calls, imperfect Catholics....specifically those who've divorced and remarried, and who are therefore ineligible to receive communion unless they receive an annulment. The message now is one of more compassion. For several visitors, it's about time. (SOUNDBITE) (English) VISITOR ANN RUSHWORTH SAYING: "This is not medieval times. Life's moved on. We've got Internet. People know what goes on in other parts of the world, and they can't sustain keeping people ignorant, really." (SOUNDBITE) (Italian) LOCAL WOMAN FRANCA FAZZI SAYING: "I think it's only right that the Church moves closer to the family as it is today, with the problems of today's families." Francis said he understood those who wanted a more rigorous pastoral care, but the church should be more attentive to the good in those families who are struggling.