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Pope, in nod to conservatives, calls abortion "horrific"

By Reuters | Mon, 13 Jan 2014 11:44 AM
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By Philip Pullella

VATICAN CITY, Jan 13 (Reuters) - Pope Francis, whom conservatives in the Roman Catholic Church have accused of not speaking out forcefully enough against abortion, on Monday called the practice "horrific".

The pope made his toughest remarks to date on abortion in his yearly address to diplomats accredited to the Vatican, a speech known as his "State of the World" address.

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