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Pope Francis says married male deacons and women can "regularly assume important responsibilities" for the Catholic Church in the Amazon region, but he turned down bishops' request to allow those deacons to become priests and women to become deacons. Filippo Monteforte/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Pope Francis (left) talks with Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI in the former Convent Mater Ecclesiae at the Vatican in 2016, three years after Benedict stunned the Catholic Church by resigning to become pope emeritus. L'Osservatore Romano/AP hide caption

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"The Vatican is a world of men; some truly are men of God," says Sister Catherine Aubin, a French Dominican nun who teaches at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas in Rome. "Others have been ruined by power. The key to these secrets and silence is ... abuse of power. They climb up a career staircase toward evil." Sylvia Poggioli/NPR hide caption

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After Years Of Abuse By Priests, #NunsToo Are Speaking Out

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Chile's National Prosecutor Jorge Abbott, center, leaves the Apostolic Nunciature after meeting with Archbishop Charles Scicluna in Santiago, Chile. Police raided Roman Catholic Church offices in two Chilean cities Wednesday looking for files related to a long-running sex abuse scandal. Esteban Felix/AP hide caption

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Pope Francis meets members of the Roman Rota, the supreme Tribunal of the Holy See, at the Vatican on Monday. AP hide caption

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After Defending Controversial Bishop, Pope To Send Sex Abuse Investigator To Chile

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Pope Benedict XVI apologized in 2008 to victims of child sex abuse by Roman Catholic clergy at a mass in Sydney at St. Mary's Cathedral. Rick Rycroft/AP hide caption

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Monsignor Krzysztof Charamsa, left, and his partner Eduard, surname not given, leave a restaurant after a news conference in downtown Rome, on Saturday. The Vatican on Saturday fired Charamsa who came out as gay on the eve of a big meeting of the world's bishops to discuss church outreach to gays, divorcees and more traditional Catholic families. Alessandra Tarantino/AP hide caption

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Seminarians attend a theology class at the University of Saint Mary of the Lake at Mundelein Seminary in Mundelein, Ill. Courtesy of Mundelein Seminary hide caption

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The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby (middle) with The Venerable Rachel Treweek (middle left) and The Reverend Dame Sarah Mullally (middle right) pose for photographs following their consecration as Bishops at a service in Canterbury Cathedral, Kent. Gareth Fuller/PA Photos/Landov hide caption

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