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Pope Francis greets Italian Police and Carabinieri paramilitary police officers after landing from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, at Ciampino's military airport, on the outskirts of Rome, Monday, July 29, 2013. The pontiff returned after a week in Brazil. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)

Pope Francis: He won't judge gay priests

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ABOARD THE PAPAL AIRCRAFT (AP) — Pope Francis reached out to gays on Monday, saying he wouldn't judge priests for their sexual orientation in a remarkably open and wide-ranging news conference as he returned from his first foreign trip.

"If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?" Francis asked.

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