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19 Revealing Things The Pope Said In His Tell-All Interview

Pope Francis made headlines today by saying he disagreed with the Catholic Church's past focus on social issues such as abortion and gay marriage. Here are the most illuminating quotes from the pope's interview in America: The National Catholic Review.

Posted on September 19, 2013, at 6:24 p.m. ET

1. About himself:

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4. About his practice of calling people who write to him:

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5. About how the Catholic Church needs to focus on different things:

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8. About what the church needs most:

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11. About homosexuality and the Catholic Church:

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13. About how the church needs to adapt:

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17. About social justice:

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18. About God:

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