'Not Afraid of Reality' Pope Praised for New Stance on Gays

In a departure from the Vatican's traditional view of gays, Pope Francis told reporters on Monday that he doesn't judge priests for their sexual orientation. His words have been welcomed by human rights groups, but critics say he still avoided the issue of sin.
Pope Francis talks to journalists while flying home from his a week-long tour of Brazil, which culminated at the Catholic World Youth festival on Rio de Janeiro's Copacabana beach.

Pope Francis talks to journalists while flying home from his a week-long tour of Brazil, which culminated at the Catholic World Youth festival on Rio de Janeiro's Copacabana beach.

Foto: Luca Zennaro/ dpa
Photo Gallery: Pope Francis in Brazil
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Photo Gallery: Pope Francis in Brazil

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