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Pope Francis: raise kids not cats and dogs

Milo keeps watch.

Pope Francis had a message for married couples on Monday: four-legged friends don’t offer the same opportunities for love and godliness as raising a child.

The Pope addressed a group of 15 couples that have been married between 25 and 60 years during daily Mass on Monday, held in the chapel of the Santa Maria residence in the Vatican. The Pope stressed the importance of three qualities in a successful Christian marriage — faithfulness, perseverance and fruitfulness — during his remarks, according to Vatican Radio.

But the Pope also counseled childless couples to be fruitful and multiply, and not spend time raising pets when they could be raising children. Full story. TIME

But it's okay to have kids AND cats, right? What do you think of the Pope's remarks?

Pope Faults Focus On Gays, Abortion

Pope Francis, in the first extensive interview of his six-month-old papacy, said that the Roman Catholic church had grown “obsessed” with preaching about abortion, gay marriage and contraception, and that he has chosen not to speak of those issues despite recriminations from some critics. In remarkably blunt language, Francis sought to set a new tone for the church, saying it should be a “home for all” and not a “small chapel” focused on doctrine, orthodoxy and a limited agenda of moral teachings. “It is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time,” the pope told the Rev. Antonio Spadaro, a fellow Jesuit and editor in chief of La Civiltà Cattolica/Laurie Goodstein, New York Times. More here. (AP photo)

Question: Significance?

Pope On Gays: ‘Who Am I To Judge?’

Item: Pope Francis on gays: 'Who am I to judge?'/Nicole Winfield, AP

Mike Kennedy: Two non-Catholics I talked with today separately told me that the read about Pope Francis's Brazil trip. Both were stunned and smiling when they expressed their positive feeling about this man and his comments. As a Catholic I told them that I believed this to be the feeling of so many of my fellow parishioners (and many loyal parish priests) who have suffered in silence or simply left the church over the past decades. There is a long road ahead and many man-made rules in the church with which I struggle. But I'm personally grateful for Pope Francis's serious steps of healing and outreach. I expect backsliding and word-parsing from less charitable clerics, but it's a start and every journey begins with a humble first step.

Question: How does the pope's statement about gays affect your view of the Roman Catholic Church?

Cutline Contest — 5.22.13

About 100 people supporting the Myrtle Beach Tea Party protest at the Internal Revenue Service office in Myrtle Beach, S.C. on Tuesday. Tea party activists held rallies outside federal buildings across the country Tuesday to protest the agency's extra scrutiny of conservative groups. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/The Sun News, Janet Blackmon Morgan)

Tuesday Winner — Nic/10 likes: “The python is introduced to three University of Florida staffers, otherwise known as Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner” You can see Tuesday photo + 14 cutline entries here.

Huckleberries: Covering Papal Beat

The selection of Argentine Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio as the new pope wasn’t Cindy Wooden’s first papal rodeo. The Sandpoint native has covered three popes in her 25 years as the Vatican correspondent for the Catholic News Service – John Paul II, Benedict XVI and now Francis. She’s a media expert in all things Vatican. She has met U.S. presidents, world leaders and even the late Mother Teresa. Her favorite government official, however, is closer to home: her sister, Bonner County Treasurer Cheryl Piehl. Marianne Love busts her buttons whenever the world spotlight shines on the Vatican because she knows her former Sandpoint High journalism student is busy behind the scenes. Cindy has failed to persuade Marianne that she has an 8-to-5 job like everyone else – except, of course, when she’s dealing with the first resignation of a Holy Father in 598 years and the first pope from the Americas. Ever/DFO, Huckleberries, SR. More here.

More weekend SR columns:

Question: Do you know anyone living in Rome?

One Small Stumble For The Pope

Pope Francis stumbles as he prepares to greet cardinals in Sala Clementina, at the Vatican today. The newly appointed Pope Francis stumbled after being introduced to the College of Cardinals, but did not fall and quickly recovered. Cardinal Angelo Sodano, left, introduced the pope to the College of Cardinals. (AP Photo/Vatican TV)

Question: Have you stumbled and fallen this winter?

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