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Pope Francis reaffirms church stance on abortions

Denounces a ‘throw-away culture’

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis offered an olive branch of sorts to the doctrine-minded, conservative wing of the Catholic Church on Friday as he denounced abortions as a symptom of today’s ‘‘throw-away culture’’ and encouraged Catholic doctors to refuse to perform them.

Francis issued a strong antiabortion message and cited Vatican teaching on the need to defend the unborn during an audience with Catholic gynecologists.

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