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Catholic Church Reformer On U.S. Tour Stops In San Diego

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Observers are declaring Pope Francis' first overseas trip as Pontiff a great success.

Photo by Andrew Medichini

Pope Francis blesses a sick or disabled person wearing Harley-Davidson garb at the end of a pro-life Mass in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican on Sunday.

He wrapped up his tour of Brazil, the world's largest Roman Catholic country, on Sunday with an outdoor mass that drew 3 million people.

It's his comments in an impromptu news conference Monday that have also impressed some Catholics. Pope Francis said "who am I to judge gay people" and added that gays shouldn't be marginalized.

These statements may be good news to people who are working for institutional change within the Catholic church.

One such person, an Austrian priest, is currently touring America in an effort to bring reform within the Catholic Church to a tipping point.

Fr. Helmut Schuller will be in San Diego on Wednesday, July 31 to speak at the First Unitarian Universalist Church.

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