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Pope opens Synod, warns against ‘political calculations’ and ‘ideological battles’ in the Catholic Church

The 16th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops is underway in Vatican City — one of the largest and most global meetings of Catholic leaders in decades.

Pope Francis, opening the assembly in audience with cardinals and bishops of the Catholic Church from around the world, spoke out against politicking or pushing agendas during the synod.

“We do not want to make ourselves attractive in the eyes of the world, but to reach out to it with the consolation of the Gospel, to bear witness to God’s infinite love in a better way and to everyone,” Pope Francis said.

Dubia are typically answered with simple yes or no responses, but Pope Francis answered the list of topics in long form in the same month.

The response was originally sent to the cardinals in August in the pope’s native Spanish language. The Vatican released the answers to the public Monday.

Timothy Nerozzi is a writer for Fox News Digital. You can follow him on Twitter @timothynerozzi and can email him at


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