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Pope urges more understanding for homosexuality and divorce

Pope Francis on Thursday urged "mercy" for homosexuals, divorced people and women who have abortions, saying the Catholic Church had to show understanding for the real conditions of people's lives. "We must find a new balance, otherwise the Church's whole moral edifice risks collapsing like a house of cards," he said in his first interview since taking over as the head of the Catholic Church. The Argentine pope said the Church needed more than anything to be able to "heal wounds", as he called for greater sympathy and understanding over practices the Church opposes.

Pope Francis could be godsend for reviled Czech Jesuits

Pope Francis could be a godsend for his fellow Jesuits in the Czech Republic, where the religious order is still reviled for its brutal re-imposition of Catholicism in the 17th and 18th centuries. Dogged by a serious image problem ever since, the Jesuits -- known formally as the Society of Jesus -- have just 55 members in the Czech Republic, a largely secular ex-communist EU country of 10.5 million people.

Jesuit pope heralds global outlook without conspiracy

As the first Jesuit pontiff, Pope Francis will have a global outlook without the far-fetched theories often associated with a community long shunned by the Vatican hierarchy, experts said. The Society of Jesus, founded in 1540 by Ignatius of Loyola -- a former Spanish soldier -- is sometimes depicted as an "army of shadows". Conspiracy theorists say the order controls everything from the Vatican's governing body, to the United Nations and the US banking system.

First Jesuit pope brings new concerns, new style

By Tom Heneghan and Mary Wisniewski VATICAN CITY/CHICAGO (Reuters) - The Jesuits, the legendary order of Roman Catholic priests known for its intellectuals, missionaries and iconoclasts, are unusual in the Church because they take a vow of obedience to the pope. Now that one from their own ranks has become Pope Francis, Jesuits are wondering whether there should even be a Jesuit pontiff and how former Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio can carry out this unprecedented task.

The Jesuit religious order: A factfile

Pope Francis, who on Wednesday was elected as the first ever Jesuit pontiff, takes over as the major Roman Catholic religious order faces declining membership and diminishing influence in some parts of the world. The order, otherwise known as the Society of Jesus, included 36,000 members in 1964 but has seen its numbers decline in recent decades to the current 19,000. The order still boasts on its website being "the largest male religious order in the world".
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