" Communion is not a price for the perfect, "Francis said, echoing statements he has made in the past, but not specifically in the context of politics or the United States. Arguing that the church should be as open as possible, he said at a mass in June that the Eucharist is not the reward of the saints but the bread of the sinners ".
On Wednesday, the Pope strongly reaffirmed the Catholic position that abortion is homicide.
"Abortion is more than a problem - abortion is homicide, "he said, speaking in Italian. " He who aborts kills. "
"It 'sa human life ", he added. "This human life must be respected - this principle is so clear.
Despite warnings from Rome, the Conference of Catholic Bishops voted in June to establish guidelines for the administration of the Eucharist, including conservatives hope it can serve as a basis for denying it to politicians supporting the right to abortion. Once drafted, the proposed guidelines are expected to go to the bishops' vote in November, with two-thirds approval being given. needed for adoption.
Bishops' conference spokesperson ChiekoNoguchi, declined to comment on the pope's remarks.
Pope's comments on Wednesday came as the abortion took place US and Mexican policy has once again moved to the forefront.
This month's most restrictive abortion law country came into effect in Texas, and the Biden administration a gone to court to try to block it. And the Supreme Court is set to take on a Mississippi abortion law in a case that anti-abortion activists hope will reverse abortion rights precedents set by Roe v. Wade in 1973 and subsequent decisions.
The Supreme Court of Mexico issued a decision last week thatthe decriminalized abortion in the country.
Francis has not been questioned about the US or Mexican lawsuits, and n 'did not talk about it.
He did, however, speak candidly about other issues, including the rise of anti-Semitism - it is " is making a comeback, it's all the rage, it's an ugly, ugly thing "- and his brief meeting on Sunday with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, noting that the Hungarian leader's anti-immigrant policies 'had not been addressed in their interaction.
Asked about the European Parliament's resolution this month calling on member states to recognize same-sex marriages contracted in European countries where such unions are possible, Francis reaffirmed that marriage was un sacrament and that there were civil laws to "help the situations of many people with different sexual orientation".
The Pope, who adopted a a particularly tolerant position towards homosexuals compared to his predecessors, spoke of civil unions as a means of meeting people's needs. But he said that "marriage is " marriage "between " a man and a woman ". People of different sexual orientations can participate in church life, he said, "but please do not force the church to deny its truth.
Francis also reiterated his belief that coronavirus vaccinations were essential after being asked about Christians in Slovakia who spread the disinftraining on vaccines then was treated for Covid-19 at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
"Even in the College of Cardinals ", a Francois said, "there are anti-vaccines, and one of them, the poor one, is in the hospital with the virus. But life is ironic.