Francis shrugs off Marxism claims, rejects female cardinals

Dismisses Marxism

Pope Francis has shrugged off the 'Marxist' label applied by some ultra-conservatives and reaffirmed that he won't be creating female cardinals, reports AP in The Irish Independent and The Catholic Herald.

In an interview with Italian daily La Stampa published over the weekend, Francis is quoted as saying: 'Marxist ideology is wrong.'

But the Argentina-born pontiff added that he has 'known many Marxists who were good persons, and that's why I don't feel offended' by the label.

He also mentioned that at a recent public audience at the Vatican he told a mother whose baby was crying but who was ashamed to nurse in the Pope's presence: 'Please feed him!' He said he wants to tell all humanity to feed the hungry.

Regarding female cardinals, he said: 'I don’t know where this idea sprang from. Women in the Church must be valued not "clericalised." Whoever thinks of women as cardinals suffers a bit from clericalism.'

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Pope Francis shrugs off allegations of Marxism (The Irish Independent)

Pope addresses Marxism accusations, women cardinals (CNA)

I won’t create female cardinals, says Pope Francis (The Catholic Herald)

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