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      A local interpretation of Pope Francis' comment

      On Pope Francis' return from Rio De Janeiro, he made a comment that stuck out to Catholics around the nation.

      That comment was "if a person is gay and accepts the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?"

      Father Mike Kuse of Blessed Sacrament Church in Quincy said Pope Francis' words sum up to acceptance.

      He said the Pope wants everyone to accept people of all walks of life.

      Kuse said this could hopefully change people's minds for the better.

      "He's kind of raising the bar. He is saying don't get petty. Let's look at who we are. God put us here to form a community, so we shouldn't be dividing ourselves up," Father Kuse said.

      Kuse said a problem most people have is a lack of exposure to homosexuality.

      He said if people knew someone close to them that was gay, they will see how they are no different than anyone else.