Pope Francis tells American Catholics to ‘vote your conscience’

by FOXNews.com  |  published on October 3, 2016

Pope FrancisPope Francis weighed into the U.S. elections Sunday, urging American Catholics struggling to choose a president to study the issues, pray and then vote your conscience.

Francis was asked by reporters on the way from Azerbaijan how he would counsel the American faithful who are being asked to choose between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Francis added that he would never interfere in an election campaign, saying “the people are sovereign.”

“I’ll just say this: Study the proposals well, pray, and choose in conscience.”

Francis, prefacing his words by saying he was talking about a “fictional situation,” appeared to say that the U.S. was among the countries that have lost what he described a culture of politics.

“When in any country there are two, three or four candidates who don’t satisfy everyone, it means that perhaps the political life of that country has become too politicized and that it does not have much political culture,” he said.

  • justinwachin

    “I’ll just say this: Study the proposals well, pray, and choose in conscience.”

    That sounds like good advice. This election is a showdown between two people with plenty of negatives. Although he isn’t perfect by a longshot, I plan to vote for Donald in hopes that he will put people of integrity into judicial positions as those openings occur. If Donald’s only accomplishment is to fill the judiciary with competent judges who follow the Constitution that will be better than what we can hope to get from Hillary.

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  • Walter Flatt

    IF THE POPE IS FOR THE BELOW, THEN HE IS NOT FIT TO BE THE HEAD OF THE CATHOIC CHURCH.

    THE BIASED NEWS WILL DO AND SAY ANYTHING TO KEEP FROM SAYING ANYTHING ABOUT THE CLINTONS CHRIMINAL ACTIVITIES.

    ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS,

    GOOGLE THE NEW CLINTON CHRONICLES 2015,

    CLINTONS CIRCLE OF POWER,

    ALSO HILLIARY CAREER CHRIMINAL.

    LISTEN, ALL CHRISTIAN, VET, GI & AMERICAN SHOULD KNOW

  • Mr. Geezer

    I’m an old geezer the same age as Francis. The only difference is….I’M CATHOLIC-!!! The man doesn’t know the ABCs of Catholicism. Anyone who votes for Hillary’s abortion and Socialism Program is voting against Catholic teaching. Socialism is Communism without the murders.

  • Edgardo L. Perez-De Leon

    Before voting our conscience we have to pray, according to Pope Francis. Without any population Malthusian control in my mind I am pro choice since I was 15 years old in 1966 before Roe, but freedom of choice is not what Hillary has in mind. What she has in mind is global depopulation and the desensitization of the human character, what is proven by her words when she indicated that the fetus has no right against being murdered. Yes, she used the world murdered but MSM paid no attention to it.. Hillary wants to reduce by all means the world population to 1B people or less, by disease (bioengenired diseases like Zika and a new polio like virus, among others), by food poisoning (GMO and many additives), by water poisoning (fracking), by lack of energy (decarbonzation of the energy industry (despite that climate change is induced by galactic and solar influences, not by CO2), and, most importantly, by war not with Syria but withnuclear war with China and Russia. It is a shame that Pope Francis is not taking stand against the evil minded corrupt and proven cheater that is Hillary Clinton. We must pray that Trump is not a clone of Hillary or for Hillary to buy back, if possible, her soul from Satan. Then vote.

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