zika virus

Papal press conference on the plane: Building walls to keep immigrants out is not Christian

ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM MEXICO -- As the plane carrying him back to Rome from Mexico was flying over Texas, Pope Francis insisted building walls to keep immigrants out of one's country is un-Christian.

In Zika outbreak, contraceptives may be 'lesser evil,' pope says

ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM MEXICO -- With physicians across Central and South American urging women to postpone pregnancy because of the Zika virus that causes birth defects, Pope Francis said using contraceptives could be a "lesser evil."

Holding a news conference Feb. 17 on his way back to Rome after a six-day visit to Cuba and Mexico, the pope was asked if the use of artificial contraceptives or abortion could be considered "a lesser evil" when the baby had a high risk of birth defects.

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