When he returned to Rome yesterday after a trip to Mexico, Pope Francis said women who live near the Zika virus should be able to use birth control.
This breaks from traditional Roman Catholic policy that bans Catholic women from using contraception.
Francis talked about the Catholic Church and called birth control a "lesser evil" for women in regions affected by Zika. He said that abortion of those fetuses was not an option for Catholics.
The Zika virus is carried by mosquitoes. In South America, the virus has been linked to microencephalitis. Babies with that condition are born with smaller brains and skulls than normal. No cure or treatment is known.
The pope also commented about the U.S. race for president. He was asked about Republican candidate Donald Trump, who has called for a wall to be built between the U.S. and Mexico.
"A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian," the Pope told journalists at a press conference.
Trump also has called for deporting undocumented immigrants and not allowing Muslims into the U.S., even if they hold U.S. passports.
The pope's comments came after his sermon on immigration at the U.S.-Mexico border.
He pleaded for governments to open their hearts to the "human tragedy" of forced migration.
Francis told worshippers migrants "are our brothers and sisters, who are being expelled by poverty and violence, drug trafficking and organized crime."
Pope Francis stopped short of demanding that the United States open all its borders. The pope is concerned about Mexican citizens wishing to escape drug cartel killings and corruption.
Before Mass, the pope paused at the U.S.-Mexican border for a prayer in memory of migrants who died trying to reach the United States. He also blessed some migrants on the American side of the fence.
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1.contraception n. 避孕
Use a reliable method of contraception.
2.fetus n. 胎儿，胎
Pregnant women who are heavy drinkers risk damaging the unborn fetus.
3.skull n. 头盖骨，脑壳
He whomped the ruffian on the skull.
4.sermon n. 布道；训诫；启示；冗长的讲话 vt. 对…布道；对…说教 vi. 布道
Cardinal Murphy will deliver the sermon on Sunday.
5.undocumented adj. 无事实证明的；无正式文件的
A Belgian film earned the best screenwriting award about undocumented immigrants.
1.Pope Francis stopped short of demanding that the United States open all its borders.
stop short of 决定不做某事；未到达；缺乏
I may withhold the truth at times, but I stop short of actually telling lies.
There is no reason, now, why we should stop short of any degree of generality.
2.Before Mass, the pope paused at the U.S.-Mexican border for a prayer in memory of migrants who died trying to reach the United States.
in memory of 纪念…；作为…的纪念
Let's observe a minute's silence in memory of the dead.
He founded the charity in memory of his late wife.