Tense Vatican summit ends by opening door for divorced, punting on welcome to gays

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Pope Francis talks during a special audience to mark the 50th anniversary of Synod of Bishops in Paul VI hall at the Vatican October 17, 2015. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

Pope Francis talks during a special audience to mark the 50th anniversary of Synod of Bishops in Paul VI hall at the Vatican October 17, 2015. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

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VATICAN CITY (RNS) After three momentous weeks, a divided gathering of global bishops reached a compromise that also gives Pope Francis room to pursue his reform agenda.