Pope warns church must find balance between rules and mercy, focus less on abortion, gays

  • by: NICOLE WINFIELD , Associated Press
  • Updated: September 19, 2013 - 5:25 PM

VATICAN CITY — Signaling a dramatic shift in Vatican tone, Pope Francis said the Catholic Church had become obsessed by "small-minded rules" about how to be faithful and that pastors should instead emphasize compassion over condemnation when discussing divisive social issues of abortion, gays and contraception.

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