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VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has opened a divisive meeting of the world's bishops on family issues by forcefully asserting that marriage is an indissoluble bond between man and woman. But he says the church must "seek out and care for hurting couples with the balm of acceptance and mercy."
Trade ministers of 12 Pacific Rim countries failed again to conclude a deal on a huge free-trade area and will meet one more time Sunday in hopes of reaching agreement. The ministers attempting to nail down a deal encompassing 40 percent of the global economy began meeting late Saturday with hopes of a breakthrough, but the talks in Atlanta broke up after only about 15 minutes, with little progress. Already once this year, in July in Hawaii, trade ministers gathered with expectations of a deal -- and left empty-handed.