Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio (left), president of the Vatican Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, arrives to read Pope Francis' statement on marriage annulment reforms at the Vatican on Tuesday. Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Pope Francis Smooths Process To Annul Marriages

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Pope Francis approved a plan Wednesday to set up a tribunal to review charges of negligence against bishops who are accused of covering up cases of sexual abuse by priests. Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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St. Paul-Minneapolis Archbishop John Nienstedt speaks at his office in St. Paul, Minn., in a photo taken in July. Nienstedt announced Friday that the archdiocese was filing for bankruptcy following more than a dozen claims from alleged sexual abuse victims. Craig Lassig/AP hide caption

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Pope Francis waves from the window of his rooms at the Vatican to faithful at St. Peter's Square at his Sunday Angelus prayer at the Vatican City on Sunday. Massimo Percossi/EPA/Landov hide caption

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Pope Francis salutes the faithful during a meeting with members of the Pope John XXIII Community association in the Paul VI hall at the Vatican, on Dec. 20. The first pope from the global south wants to reshape the church for the contemporary world. L'Osservatore Romano via AP hide caption

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Pope Francis And His Gift For Blending The Spiritual And The Political

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Sara Pisano (left) and Danilo Spagnoli, just married by Pope Francis, smile during the wedding ceremony in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Sept. 14. Pope Francis married 20 couples on Sunday, including some who already live together or and who already have children, both technically sins in the eyes of the church. Alessandra Tarantino/AP hide caption

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In 'Season Of Mercy,' Will Vatican Rethink Communion For Divorcees?

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Filipino Clemente Sentino Jr (L), 45 and Dailin Cabigayan (R), 27 holds their 6 lbs newborn baby girl marking the "100 million population of the Philippines." Ritchie B. Tongo/EPA/Landov hide caption

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This new $2.2 million mansion brought a backlash against Atlanta Archbishop Wilton Gregory, who says he will move out of the house in the city's upscale Buckhead neighborhood. David Goldman/AP hide caption

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Then-Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst last August. The Vatican has accepted his resignation. Tebartz-van Elst spent lavishly on renovations at his residence and allegedly made false statements about expensive travel costs. Fredrik Von Erichsen /DPA/Landov hide caption

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Marie Collins, who was assaulted as a 13-year-old by a priest in her native Ireland, will be a member of a commission that advises the Roman Catholic Church about confronting and preventing such abuse. Andrew Medichini/AP hide caption

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Newly-elected Cardinal Leopoldo Jose Brenes Solorzano, Archbishop of Managua, right, is hugged by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI during a consistory inside the St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, on Saturday. Alessandra Tarantino/AP hide caption

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