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Catholic World News, September 15, 2021

Pope Francis insisted that “abortion is murder,” but cautioned against disciplining politicians who support the practice, in an airplane exchange with reporters who accompanied him on his flight home from Slovakia on September 15.

The Pope stopped short of resolving the question—currently a heated debate among American bishops—of whether a Catholic politician who supports legalized abortion should be denied the Eucharist. “I have never refused the Eucharist to anyone,” he said, but then added: “I have never been conscious of having a person like the one you describe in front of me.” …

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