By JOSHUA ROBERTSON, Associated Press Religion is one of the most powerful and powerful symbols in our culture.
But that power is being questioned by many Americans.
It’s not because we don’t like religion, but because we’re losing touch with the values that shaped us as a culture.
The world is changing, but we are too.
And the church is struggling to keep up.
Pope Francis speaks during a mass at the Vatican August 10, 2019.
“We must be vigilant to resist the attempts to erase or diminish the church’s importance,” Pope Francis said during a Mass in St. Peter’s Square.
The pontiff also expressed concern for the growing number of Americans who are not Christian.
“These Americans, for the most part, are in no way Christian, but have drifted from their roots, and are not yet aware of their true religion,” the pope said.
“But we cannot allow this, as we have seen, to stop us from making the church more effective.”
The pope is the first pope in 100 years to speak at a Mass, and the first to visit Cuba since Pope John Paul II in 1979.
But the pontiff has yet to make any substantive changes to the church, including in his approach to the Catholic faith.
He has said he hopes to see a shift toward more openness and greater acceptance of other religions.
The pope has made a habit of welcoming the Catholic Church, but he has also spoken in defense of the church against those who do not subscribe to its values.
In the past, Francis has been criticized for not doing more to reach out to the poor and the downtrodden.
He’s not the first pontiff to take a hard line on faith, but his remarks this week seem to be reflecting that.
He criticized some of the more liberal members of the Catholic hierarchy for supporting abortion, for example, and for supporting the right to use contraceptives, which are considered to be sinful.
“It is a grave mistake to believe that those who hold a different point of view should be allowed to make up their own mind about a fundamental issue, such as abortion,” the Pope said, adding that he hoped his comments would encourage other religious leaders to come forward and speak out.
In other remarks during his speech, Francis was critical of some of his critics, including Pope Francis’s former pastor, Cardinal Jose Maria Aznar, who is a critic of the Pope’s new stance on abortion.
“I have to be honest, Cardinal Aznar is a man who has made his views very clear,” the Argentine pontiff said, referring to the Vatican’s current archbishop.
“He has said very clearly that the church does not accept the idea of human life in its entirety.
The comments have caused controversy among Catholics in the United States and in the world. “
And in that respect, he is an obstacle to the work that I am doing to build a church which is the church of the poor, the church which fights for the oppressed.”
The comments have caused controversy among Catholics in the United States and in the world.
The Pew Research Center said that the comments are a “serious blow to Catholics in a country that has long been known for its support for traditional marriage and for the family.”
The Pew survey also found that 61 percent of American Catholics oppose same-sex marriage and that 60 percent of Americans believe the U.S. Constitution should protect gay rights.
Pew’s most recent poll on religious attitudes was conducted from August 27 to 29.
The poll found that 53 percent of Catholics believe that homosexuality is morally wrong and 41 percent said it is acceptable.
Pew also found a sharp drop in support for gay marriage in the past two years.
Pew conducted the survey after the U,S.
Supreme Court struck down part of the Defense of Marriage Act, which prevented same-gender marriage.
The law was set to take effect in 2020, but the ruling sparked a wave of public support for the LGBT community, and some Catholic leaders in the U and around the world urged the Supreme Court to reconsider.
The new poll found an uptick in support, however, among the non-Catholic population, and a similar number of Catholics also said that homosexuality was acceptable in their religious beliefs.
Pew asked more than 7,000 Americans to name their top four reasons for believing that homosexuality should be accepted.
The survey found that the most common reason for belief was the desire to change society, while the second most common was religious faith, with just 12 percent of respondents saying they believed homosexuality should not be accepted as a moral position.
More than three-quarters of the respondents said that they had heard a message from God, while more than one in five said they heard it from someone in the media or through the church.
The Vatican has also expressed its disapproval of the pope’s comments.
Cardinal Jaime Castrejon, who heads the Vatican Office of Bishops, said the comments reflect a failure of the papacy to “stand for