Meeting reporters on plane, pope defends his teaching on social issues

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September 22, 2015

Pope Francis speaks to media aboard his flight from Cuba to the United States Sept. 22. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-CUBA-PLANE and POPE-US-ARRIVE Sept. 22, 2015.

Pope Francis speaks to media aboard his flight from Cuba to the United States Sept. 22. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM CUBA (CNS) — Pope Francis defended his position on the economy, the environment and other social issues as faithful repetitions of the basic Catholic social doctrine.

Speaking to reporters flying with him from Cuba to Washington Sept. 22, the pope was asked about comments, mainly from the United States, claiming the pope is a communist and about the Newsweek headline, “Is the pope Catholic?”

“I am certain I have never said anything more than what is in the social doctrine of the church,” he responded. “I follow the church and in this, I do not think I am wrong.”

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