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Francis: Church has a 'preferential option' for sinners, too


The global Catholic church should seek to bring God's salvation to all and not only to those that society considers good or worthy, Pope Francis said at his weekly audience Wednesday.

Reflecting on the meaning of the Gospel story of the so-called "good thief" who was crucified alongside Jesus, the pontiff said all are called to the salvation of God, including those who have done both good and bad things in their lives.



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October 21-November 3, 2016

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