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Marie Collins attends a press conference at the Vatican in May 2014. The prominent survivor of abuse by a priest has resigned her position on Pope Francis' commission to combat clerical sex abuse, citing her frustration with resistance from within the Vatican. Tiziana Fabi/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Anti-Pope Francis posters appeared in Rome last week, with a message in a Roman street dialect saying, "Hey, Frank, you took over Congregations, suspended priests, decapitated the Order of Malta and the Franciscans of The Immaculate, ignored Cardinals... Where the heck is your mercy?" Sylvia Poggioli /NPR hide caption

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Steve Bannon Aligns With Vatican Hard-Liners Who Oppose Pope Francis

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Pope Francis listens to a children's band during his weekly general audience in Paul VI Hall at the Vatican on Dec. 21. L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP hide caption

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For Pope Francis, A Year Of Reconciliation Abroad Amid Opposition At Home

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There are 12 million Catholics in China, less than 1 percent of the population. St. Peter's Catholic Church in downtown Shanghai is one of the country's few officially approved churches. Rob Schmitz/NPR hide caption

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In China's Tiny Catholic Community, Hopes Rise For Beijing-Vatican Ties

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Riot police confront students opposed to President Nicolas Maduro's government in San Cristobal, Venezuela, on Monday. Pope Francis met with Maduro on Monday night to discuss the crisis in Venezuela. George Castellanos/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Pope Francis waves to the crowd from the popemobile after an open-air mass in Armenia's second-largest city of Gyumri on Saturday. Tiziana Fabi /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Pope Francis Urges World To Never Forget Armenian Genocide

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Pope Francis looks on during a penitential ceremony on March 4 at St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City. Francis has imposed new financial rules on those working to promote the canonization of potential saints. Tiziana Fabi/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Polish nuns do most of the cooking at the Vatican. Here, they prepare sweets for the Feast of St. Nicholas. Katarzyna Artymiak/Courtesy of Sophia Institute Press hide caption

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Peter Saunders, a British advocate for survivors of sexual abuse by priests, in Rome on Saturday. Saunders is a high-profile abuse survivor and critic of the Vatican — and until Saturday, was a member of Pope Francis' sex abuse advisory commission. Gregorio Borgia/AP hide caption

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