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Pope Francis stirs debate yet again with interview with an atheist Italian journalist

Summary of what he said: In the past, heads of the church "have often been narcissists, flattered and thrilled by their courtiers. The court is the leprosy of the papacy," he said. In his youth, he was influenced by a university professor "who was a fervent communist." The pope seemed to draw a line between church and state, saying: "politics is the most important of the civil activities and has its own field of action, which is not that of religion. Political institutions are secular by definition and operate in independent spheres." Each person “must choose to follow the good and fight evil as he conceives them” and calling efforts to convert people to Christianity “solemn nonsense.”

http%3A//www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/10/01/228200595/francis-says-the-court-is-the-leprosy-of-the-papacy


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