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Pope Francis

Historians ask: Is Francis a John XXIII?

In somewhat muted tones, some are asking if Pope Francis will be like Pope John XXIII, a beloved figure among many for his decision to open the Second Vatican Council.


Cardinals: Election of Pope Francis a sign of unity

Rome dispatch: Cardinals who voted for Pope Francis in this week's conclave said they believe Francis is the right man for the job.


Pope Francis and a church that changes


The first months of any papacy are carefully scanned by many to see just what they say about how the new pope, who represents the world's some 1.2 billion Catholics, might change (or at least subtly alter) the direction of the church.

Pope Francis, of course, has already left many breadcrumbs for interpretation -- from feet washing to apparent reform of the so-called Vatican bank.


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August 2-15, 2013


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