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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

The pope speaks: Poverty, climate change, migrants and a welcoming church

Posted By on Wed, Sep 23, 2015 at 1:30 PM

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What's not to like about Pope Francis' initial remarks in the U.S.? New York Times on his remarks:

 Pope Francis quietly but forcefully made his priorities clear during his first full day in the United States on Wednesday, urging in a pair of speeches a renewed emphasis on tackling global poverty, confronting climate change, caring for migrants and providing a welcoming church that is pastoral rather than doctrinaire.

...Like his predecessors, he urged the bishops not to remain silent toward the “innocent victim of abortion.” But he mentioned the highly charged issue only as the first in a long list of other matters, including children who die of hunger and bombings, immigrants who “drown in the search for a better tomorrow,” the elderly or sick, the victims of terror, war and drug trafficking, and an environment “devastated by man’s predatory relationship with nature.”

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