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'I have never denied the Eucharist to anyone!'

'I have never denied the Eucharist to anyone!'
(RNS) — Pope Francis said bishops must avoid aligning themselves ‘with political life’ and be shepherds instead.

15), Pope Francis weighed in on the debate about whether Catholic politicians who support abortion rights should be denied Communion, stating that he has never denied the Eucharist to anyone and that the issue should be handled in a pastoral way.” RELATED: Pope calls on world to welcome refugees and immigrants Last summer, bishops in the United States discussed whether Catholic politicians who support abortion rights, including President Joe Biden, should be denied Communion for their views.” The pope vehemently said he never denied Communion to anyone, adding that while he doesn’t know if Catholics who support abortion rights ever asked him for Communion, he has “never refused them the Eucharist, since the time I was a priest.RELATED: In Slovakia, Pope Francis urges courage in young generations During his visit, traditional family values were at the heart of the discussions between Francis and Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban, who have opposing views on Europe’s migration crisis.

” Especially when it comes to those who have drifted from the Catholic faith, he said, pastors must remember that they “are sons of God and they need our closeness.“These are poor people who are temporarily outside, but they are children of God and need our pastoral action,” he said.

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