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The unconventional Pope Francis

Published On: Jul 29 2013 11:20:49 AM CDT   Updated On: Jul 29 2013 11:31:03 AM CDT

Pope Francis is breaking with tradition and changing the tone of the papacy, both to the delight and chagrin of the Catholic Church.

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The pope's silence on abortion, gay marriage and euthanasia in his early months of leadership has angered and isolated some right-wing Catholics. While Pope Francis is a social conservative, he rejects the confrontational, caustic approach favored by many right-wing Catholic culture warriors in favor of openness and understanding.

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