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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.

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.

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  Pope Francis and the 'gay lobby'

Pope Francis takes a surprising and compassionate stance toward gay priests. Chris Hayes talks with former Congressman Tom Perriello, D-Va., who helped launch Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good and Catholics United.

  Pope surprises with tolerance of homosexuality

Melissa Harris-Perry reports on the unexpected news that the pope is indifferent to homosexuality in Catholic priests.

  Pope won’t judge priests for sexual orientation

In a news conference during his flight from Brazil, Pope Francis said people should not be marginalized for being gay. He also expressed a desire to expand the role of women in the church. Father John Bambrick a priest from Trenton, New Jersey joins NewsNation with his reaction to the Pope’s comment

  Millions gather as World Youth Day comes to a close

Millions celebrated the final Mass of World Youth Day in Brazil on Sunday, with Pope Francis exciting the faithful with his accessibility and humility. NBC’s Anne Thompson reports.

  Pope holds final open-air Mass in Brazil

Millions of people packed Brazil’s Copacabana beach Sunday, and more were expected, to attend the Pope’s final Mass of his trip to the country. NBC’s Anne Thompson reports.

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Pope Francis answers reporters questions during a news conference aboard the papal flight on its way back from Brazil, Monday, July 29, 2013. Pope Francis reached out to gays on Monday, saying he wouldn't judge priests for their sexual orientation in a remarkably open and wide-ranging news conferenc

Pope Francis prays to the Madonna at Rome's Saint Mary Major Basilica
Pope Francis prays to the Madonna at Rome's Saint Mary Major Basilica

epa03806580 A handout photo made available by the Vatican newspaper Osservatore Romano shows Pope Francis offering a ball to the Madonna at Rome's Saint Mary Major Basilica, Italy, 29 July 2013, after returning from the World Youth Day 2013 in Brazil. Seeing the Pope as he entered the Basilica, a gr

Pope Francis listens to a confession at Rio' Quinta da Boa Vista Park in Rio de Janeiro
Pope Francis listens to a confession at Rio' Quinta da Boa Vista Park in Rio de Janeiro

Pope Francis listens to a confession at Rio' Quinta da Boa Vista Park in Rio de Janeiro in this July 26, 2013 handout photograph provided by Osservatore Romano. REUTERS/Osservatore Romano/Handout via Reuters (BRAZIL - Tags: RELIGION) ATTENTION EDITORS - FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKE

Pope Francis is presented with soccer balls as he is welcomed during a dinner at the Archbishop's Palace in Rio de Janeiro
Pope Francis is presented with soccer balls as he is welcomed during a dinner at the Archbishop's Palace in Rio de Janeiro

Pope Francis is presented with soccer balls as he is welcomed during a dinner at the Archbishop's Palace in Rio de Janeiro in this July 26, 2013 handout photograph provided by Osservatore Romano. REUTERS/Osservatore Romano/Handout via Reuters (BRAZIL - Tags: RELIGION SPORT SOCCER) ATTENTION EDITORS