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Pope Francis calls on church to change focus

Pope Francis, in an extraordinary interview that electrified the Catholic world, said that the Roman Catholic Church has become unduly obsessed with condemning abortion, gay marriage, and contraception.

The church, he said, should emphasize compassion and mercy instead of “small-minded rules.”

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