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Jesuit students return with memories of seeing the Pope

3 million people were in Rio de Janeiro Brazil for "World Youth Day." More than thirty nine students from Jesuit High in Tampa were among those traveling to Brazil for the event. Full story

Pope and change? How Francis is building a more accessible Church

"There are a growing number of disenfranchised Catholics refreshed by what Pope Francis has to say," MSNBC's Thomas Roberts said. "Instead of the tightening grip we saw under Pope [Benedict XVI] we’re seeing the wide embrace from Pope Frances who’s willing to talk about things.” Full story

How Pope Francis is helping church face 21st Century challenges

  In a statement made on Monday, July 29, 2013, Pope Francis stated he wouldn't judge gay priests. Francis' comments stand in direct contrast to the views of his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, who said gay men should not be priests. NBC News' Anne Thompson reports.

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  Pope Francis and the 'remarkable new face' of the Catholic Church

Top Talkers: In a statement made on Monday, July 29, 2013, Pope Francis stated he wouldn't judge gay priests. Francis' comments stand in direct contrast to the views of his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, who said gay men should not be priests. The Morning Joe panel discusses and NBC News' Anne Thom

  Dolan on Pope’s gay stance: ‘We can judge actions’

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the archbishop of New York and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops speaks about Pope Francis’ words about gay people, saying it hasn’t changed the Church’s views but the pope is simply reminding people to “treat everybody with dignity and respect.”

  Pope’s words on gay people have Catholics talking

Pope Francis surprised the Catholic world when he responded, “Who am I to judge?” when asked about gay people in Rio, and many are welcoming what appears to be a change in attitude by the Church. NBC’s Anne Thompson reports.

  Baton Rouge police enforce unconstitutional anti-sodomy law

Baton Rouge deputies drew fire for a series of sting operations in which undercover agents pretended to pick up gay men, only to arrest them for attempting to violate an anti-sodomy law, deemed unconstitutional more than a decade ago. The Advocate’s Matthew Breen joins MSNBC to discuss the issue.

  LGBT advocate: Pope’s comment 'opens door for conversation'

National Catholic Reporter Columnist Kate Childs Graham and Executive Director of New Ways Ministry Francis DeBernardo join Richard Lui to discuss comments made by Pope Francis on gay people in the Catholic Church and how his comments will impact American churches.

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