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Can Pope Francis save the Catholic Church?

Francis appears to be more aware of his followers' concerns. What will his leadership mean for the Church?

By Isabelle Younane  

When Pope Francis addressed the three million young Catholics gathered on Copacabana beach in celebration of World Youth Day on Saturday, there was no mention of abortion and no critique of gay marriage.

Moving away from the usual objects of Catholicism’s disapproval, he turned his critical eye towards the church itself. “At times we lose people because they don’t understand what we are saying, because we have forgotten the language of simplicity,” he said. He criticised…

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