The unconventional Pope Francis

Published On: Jul 29 2013 11:20:49 AM CDT   Updated On: Apr 08 2016 10:42:15 AM CDT

Pope Francis is again breaking with tradition in the Catholic Church, this time urging priests to be more accepting of gays and lesbians, divorced Catholics and non-traditional families. Check out other ways Francis has changed the tone of the papacy.

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Ever since he was elected pope in 2013, Francis has exhibited a marked departure from his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI. Even his shoes, shown here, are symbolic of a simpler papacy in contrast to the bright red shoes favorited by Benedict.

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