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VATICAN CITY (RNS) The pope's remarks represented a departure of sorts for Francis, who has kept a relative silence on the issue as he tried to redirect the church's energies toward combating poverty and income inequality.

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Josephine McKenna

Josephine McKenna

Josephine McKenna has more than 30 years' experience in print, broadcast and interactive media. Based in Rome since 2007, she covered the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI and election of Pope Francis and canonizations of their predecessors. Now she covers all things Vatican for RNS.


  1. Despite all the other sayings of this Pope, I do believe he is unwavering on this issue, and I am glad.

  2. Amen!

    Sadly Francis is not going to be able to stop the over 27,000 unborn children killed each week in the US mostly for reasons of convenience and comfort.

  3. The media will give Francis a free pass on his abortion remarks, as long as:

    (1) He doesn’t try to give that same abortion speech in New York City.

    (2) He continues supporting legalized gay marriage (de facto), and continues to silence the US Conference of Catholic Bishops on that topic.

  4. Name 3 women you know who chose to abort a pregnancy just for “convenience” without thought to anything else. You’re just tossing around generalities because you have no first-hand knowledge.

    • The statistics are there. Less than 6% of abortion are for rape, incest or the life of the mother. The rest are all rooted in comfort and convenience.

    • Unfortunately, a close friend of mine had 5 abortions for reasons of convenience prior to her Christian conversion later on in life. In addition, my three grown daughters have also shared how many of their friends from high school, college and church who I have known over the years have had abortions either because the biological father was only a casual dating relationship or because having the child would have interfered with school or career plans. It is all very sad.

  5. For the Catholic church to lecture anyone on the well being of children is the epitome of hypocripsy.