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Excerpts from pope’s first news conference

ABOARD THE PAPAL AIRCRAFT (AP) — Pope Francis gave a wide-ranging news conference on his trip back to Rome from Brazil, candidly responding to some of the touchiest issues facing the Vatican during an hour and 22-minute long chat with reporters. Here are highlights.

HE WON’T JUDGE PRIESTS FOR THEIR SEXUAL ORIENTATION: ‘‘If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?’’

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