Pope Francis urges US Catholics to pray before voting for president

Pope Francis prays in front of rubble of the quake-struck town of Amatrice Italy. Francis made a surprise visit Tuesday to the quake zone in central Italy saying that he wanted

After earlier calling it a "war against marriage", Pope Francis reaffirmed his disagreement with teaching gender identity in schools on Sunday. During his meeting with the press, he recounted a meeting with a French father, who spoke about his young son that wanted to be a girl after reading about gender identity in his school textbook.

God should never be used to justify fundamentalism, said Pope Francis on his visit to the mainly Muslim country of Azerbaijan yesterday.

"It is one thing for people to have a homosexual tendency or even to change sex, but it is another thing to try to teach along this line in schools, to change the mentality".

In a 2015 speech in the Philippines, Pope Francis told tens of thousands of people gathered in a Manila arena "God calls upon us to recognize the dangers threatening our own families and to protect them from harm", adding "We must be attentive to the new ideological colonization", according to an English transcript of his speech published by official Vatican Radio.

"The Azerbaijani people, state and its leader invariably want a just solution of the conflict peacefully, within the norms of global law", Sheikh ul-Islam said while speaking at a meeting with Pope Francis in the Heydar Mosque on the same day.

Francis also commented on the USA election while traveling with the reporters, urging voters to vote their "conscience", but said he would never get directly involved in the election for one side because "the people are sovereign".

Last week, Pope Francis came out in favor of a push to block the legalization of gay marriage in Mexico, an issue that has the support of Clinton in the United States. And they were happy'.

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"This is what Jesus would do today", he said, and asked the journalists not to say that "'the Pope sanctifies transgenders.' Please, eh!

But he criticised the man's parish priest, who he said would yell "You'll go to hell" when he saw him in the street. "Come on, confess so you can take Communion'".

"Marriage is the most handsome thing that God has created", he said, adding that the bible says God created man and woman to become one flesh in apparent reference to homosexuality.

He said: 'It's a human problem.

During his visit, Pope Francis served a Holy Mass at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Baku for the Catholic community of Azerbaijan and joined President Ilham Aliyev for a public address at the Heydar Aliyev Center.

In a subsequent meeting with the Sheikh of the Caucasus Muslims and other religious leaders, the Pope called religion "a compass that orients us to the good and steers us away from evil, which is always crouching at the door of a person's heart".

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