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Posted: October 5, 2013 at 5:48 a.m.

Pope Francis stirs debate yet again WASHINGTON — In an interview Pope Francis said Tuesday that each person “must choose to follow the good and fight evil as he conceives them” and called efforts to convert people to Christianity “solemn nonsense.”

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