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Jesuit pope offers hope to some targeted US nuns

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This file photo from June 18, 2012, shows Sister Simone Campbell, right, executive director of Network, a social justice lobby founded by nuns four decades ago. She said of Pope Francis, "It can make a big difference" to have a pope who knows about life in religious orders.

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The election of a Jesuit pope devoted to the poor and stressing a message of mercy rather than condemnation has brought a glimmer of hope to American nuns who have been the subject of a Vatican crackdown, according to interviews with several groups. The nuns were accused of having focused too much on social justice at the expense of other church issues such as abortion.
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