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Teaching morality contributes to better family, civic life, pope says

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Catholic bishops and priests, "always with great compassion," must continue to teach men and women how to live moral lives according to the Gospel, Pope Francis told bishops from southern Africa.

Declining birth rates, abortion, leaving the Catholic church for "other groups who seem to promise something better," divorce and "violence against women and children" all "threaten the sanctity of marriage, the stability of life in the home and consequently the life of society as a whole," the pope said in a message to the bishops.

Obama: Francis 'makes us want to be better people'

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Time magazine listed Pope Francis in its annual “100 most influential people” issue and asked a fellow world leader to write a tribute: President Obama.

“Rare is the leader who makes us want to be better people,” Obama wrote. “Pope Francis is such a leader.”

Obama lauded the pontiff for his “message of inclusion” and his many acts of kindness, such as “embracing the sick, ministering to the homeless, (and) washing the feet of young prisoners.”

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July 18-31, 2014

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