NCR Today: Pope Francis' questioning of Donald Trump's Christianity was not a personal attack on the candidate, Vatican spokesman Jesuit Fr. Federico Lombardi has said.
Gathered near the Mexican border Feb. 17, a crowd of immigrants, activists and religious witnessed Francis plead from Juárez for compassion toward migrants. The experience left a powerful impression.
The pope also spoke about the ban on contraception, treatment of bishops who inappropriately handle clergy sex abuse and his impressions of Mexico.
The pope firmly rejected the use of abortion, but said that avoiding pregnancy through contraception is not always evil.
The pope asked day laborers and employers in Juárez to collaborate and determine the legacy they would leave for future generations; he also defended Catholic social teaching.
The pope met Feb. 16 with youth in Morelia, Mexico, and implored them reject potential recruitment as hired killers for the drug cartels that plague the city.
Pope Francis told Catholic priests and religious to resist the temptation of resignation, during a public Mass Feb. 16 in Morelia, a central Mexican city notorious for drug-related violence.
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Pope Francis warned against moves to diminish the importance of the family, peppering his talk with anecdotes and off-the-cuff remarks that kept a packed soccer stadium cheering and applauding.
NCR Today: J. Malcolm Garcia, GSR and NCR contributor, spoke to people on the ground about their reactions to day four of the papal visit to Mexico.