September 19th, 2013
11:41 AM ET

Pope: Church can't 'interfere' with gays

Pope Francis said the church has the right to express its opinions but not to "interfere spiritually" in the lives of gays and lesbians, expanding on explosive comments he made in July about not judging homosexuals.

In a wide-ranging interview published Thursday, the pope also said that women must play a key role in church decisions and brushed off critics who say he should be more vocal about fighting abortion and gay marriage.

The interview, released by Jesuit magazines in several different languages and 16 countries on Thursday, offers perhaps the most expansive and in-depth view of Francis' vision for the Roman Catholic Church.


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March 31st, 2013
04:55 AM ET

Francis celebrates first Easter Mass as pope

Pope Francis is celebrating his first Easter Mass as pontiff before a packed crowd at St. Peter's Square in the Vatican.

The pope is expected to deliver his Urbi et Orbi ("to the city and the world") blessing at noon (6 a.m. ET) Sunday.

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