Pope Francis

Pope Francis said that couples who opt not to have children are being "selfish" as he spoke of a "greedy generation" that's choosing not to procreate. The pontiff's remarks come just weeks after he seemed to send a contradictory message, telling Catholics that they don't need to breed "like rabbits."

AUSTIN — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Austin has announced the appointment of the Rev. Daniel E. Garcia as its first auxiliary bishop.

The diocese announced Wednesday that Pope Francis appointed Garcia to help serve its growing membership, which includes 127 parishes in 25 counties in Central Texas.

Garcia will perform some ceremonies that typically only a bishop is allowed to perform, such as confirmation masses. He will be ordained as auxiliary bishop in March.

On his return trip from Asia, Pope Francis made strong statements supporting the church's ban on artificial means of birth control. He also said Catholics should practice "responsible parenthood" and don't have to breed "like rabbits."

Speaking with reporters on a flight Monday from the Philippines to Rome, Francis encouraged the use of church-approved contraception.

Pope Francis says there are limits to freedom of speech, especially when it comes to someone's religion, in comments that made reference to the deadly attack last week on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

Francis defended freedom of speech, calling it a fundamental human right, but said it must not cause offense.

With tens of thousands of faithful lined up to welcome him, Pope Francis landed in Manila, capital of the Philippines, on Thursday.

As Reuters reports, the visit is marked by intense security, the biggest security operation of its kind in the country's history. Reuters explains:

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