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Pope demonstrates the ‘inclusive Church’ Premium

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During his six-day, three-city visit to the United States, Pope Francis urged both the Church and wider US society to adopt the radical gospel message of inclusion, dialogue and love for those on the margins. Throughout the trip Francis aimed to steer clear of public political controversy: he did not mention the phrase “same-sex marriage”, placed the issue of abortion within the context of protecting all life, and called on the Church to “go out” to the world rather than condemn it. At his meeting with the bishops taking part in the World Meeting of Families at St Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia on Sunday, he indicated his position on this summer’s Supreme Court ruling making same-sex marriage legal across the US, but implicitly rather than explicit


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