• The AP Interview: Pope warns of elitist German synod process

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    VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis has warned there's a risk that a reform process in the German Catholic Church over calls for married priests and other possible liberalizing reforms might become harmfully “ideological.”
    In an interview with The Associated Press at the Vatican on Tuesday, Francis was asked about the process in Germany, where Catholic bishops and representatives of an influential lay organization are addressing what would be revolutionary reforms for the church if they were to be realized. Under consideration in the process are married priests, female deacons, and church...
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  • The AP Interview: Pope on health, critics and future papacy

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    VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis says he hasn't even considered issuing norms to regulate future papal resignations and plans to continue for as long as he can as bishop of Rome, despite a wave of attacks by some top-ranked cardinals and bishops.
    In his first interview since the Dec. 31 death of retired Pope Benedict XVI, Francis addressed his health, his critics and the next phase of his pontificate, which marks its 10th anniversary in March without Benedict's shadow in the background.
    “I'm in good health. For my age, I'm normal,” the 86-year-old pontiff said Tuesday, though he revealed that...
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  • The AP Interview: Pope Francis: ‘Homosexuality not a crime'

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    By NICOLE WINFIELD
    VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis criticized laws that criminalize homosexuality as “unjust,” saying God loves all his children just as they are and called on Catholic bishops who support the laws to welcome LGBTQ people into the church.
    “Being homosexual isn't a crime,” Francis said during an interview Tuesday with The Associated Press.
    Francis acknowledged that Catholic bishops in some parts of the world support laws that criminalize homosexuality or discriminate against the LGBTQ community, and he himself referred to the issue in terms of “sin.” But he attributed such...
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