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At Bolivian prison, pope calls himself man 'saved from his many sins'

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Pope Francis visited one of Latin America's most notorious prisons, calling himself "a man who was and is saved from his many sins."

"I couldn't leave Bolivia without seeing you, without sharing the hope and faith given in the cross," he told people at Palmasola prison in Santa Cruz.

Speaking on the final morning of his less than 48-hour visit to Bolivia, the pope called for conversion and a changing of attitudes among inmates in their relations among each other and the broader society, which often views such populations with suspicions.

German priest sees churches as central to communities in Bolivian city

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Belfries and spires poke the sky in this ramshackle city of impromptu developments, rutted roads and brick buildings, billed by locals as one of the highest in the world at more than 13,000 feet above sea level.

In the Villa Adela neighborhood, an onion dome towers over the Cuerpo de Cristo parish -- easily visible from the runway of the nearby international airport, where Pope Francis is scheduled to land Wednesday for a brief visit to El Alto and nearby La Paz.

Pell says same-sex votes show society abandoning Christian foundations

The outcome of May's same-sex marriage referendum in Ireland and the decision of the U.S. Supreme Court on the same issue clearly show the extent to which Western society is abandoning many of its Christian legal foundations, said Australian Cardinal George Pell, prefect of the Vatican's Secretariat for the Economy.

In his address at the Fota VIII International Liturgy Conference in Cork, Pell called the Irish referendum "a victory for John Stuart Mill and utilitarianism."

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