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Pope Francis

HRC calls on U.S. Catholic hierarchy to heed Pope’s hopeful message

Human Rights Campaign (HRC) president Chad Griffin has written to the head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the CEO of Knights of Columbus – an affiliate of the Roman Catholic Church – calling on them to follow Pope Francis’ message of welcome and mercy for gays and lesbians.

Pope bluntly faults church’s focus on gays and abortion

The new pope’s words are likely to have repercussions in a church whose bishops and priests in many countries, including the United States, often appeared to make combating abortion, gay marriage and contraception their top public policy priorities.