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Pope Francis As Reformer, Evangelizer — And Doctrinal Conservative

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Pope Francis waves in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican. The pope heads to Turkey on Friday, a country with few Catholics, but he plans to reach out to Muslims and to the Orthodox Church. Tony Gentile/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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In A Land Of Few Christians, Pope Will Reach Out To Muslims In Turkey

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Pope Francis attends a session of the two-week synod at the Vatican that wrapped up over the weekend. The usually predictable event produced a robust debate among the bishops on how the Catholic Church should deal with gays as well as Catholics who are divorced or remarried. Gregorio Borgia/AP hide caption

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Catholic Synod Highlights Divisions, Sets Stage For Future Battles

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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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Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski, the Vatican's ambassador to the Dominican Republic, offers Mass in Santo Domingo in 2009. He has been accused of paying for sex with children while he was a papal ambassador in the Dominican Republic. Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Bishop Blase Cupich will replace Cardinal Francis George as the new archbishop of Chicago. He's seen here in 2011, presenting a Church study on clergy sex abuse. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

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Pope Francis celebrates a Mass of reconciliation in Seoul's main cathedral on Monday. The wife and children of Francis' nephew have died after a car accident in Argentina, the Vatican reports. Gregorio Borgia/AP hide caption

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Pope Francis shakes hands with upon his Thursdayarrival in Seoul. The Pontiff arrived in South Korea on the first papal visit to the Asian nation in a quarter century. During his five-day visit, Francis plans to beatify 124 Korean martyrs and encourage a vibrant and growing local church seen as a model for the future of Catholicism. Gregorio Borgia/AP hide caption

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In South Korea, final preparations are being made for Pope Francis' upcoming visit. To reach Seoul, the pontiff will fly through Chinese airspace and send a message to China's leaders. Ahn Young-joon/AP hide caption

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Pope Francis waves as he leads his Sunday Angelus prayer in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican on Sunday. Francis reportedly told an Italian newspaper that statistically, about 2 percent of Roman Catholic priests are pedophiles. Tony Gentile/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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