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Pope Francis

Pope turns bishops' attention to family crises in Mideast

Pope Francis directed the attention of the world's bishops to real-world crises Friday by denouncing the escalation of conflicts in Syria and Iraq and urging greater diplomacy to end the "humanitarian crisis of enormous proportions." Francis issued the appeal at Friday's meeting of some 270 bishops, Mideast prelates and patriarchs among them, who are in Rome for three weeks to hash out better ways to provide pastoral care to Catholic families. "War brings destruction and multiplies the suffering of people," Francis said. "Hope and progress only come from choices of peace." The bishops' meeting is discussing how to better minister to families...