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Pope calls for family resurrection
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WASHINGTON -- News that Pope Francis will visit the U.S. next year for the triennial World Meeting of Families brings elation to Catholics, excitement to pope watchers -- and perhaps a little chagrin to some who too soon interpreted Francis’ broad compassion as a precursor to doctrinal changes related to marriage. Nothing could be further from the truth. In recent comments in a variety of forums -- from the bishops’ synod last month to the international, interreligious “Humanum” colloquium this week in Rome -- Francis has delivered a pastoral message that is consistent with the church’s long-held beliefs on marriage.