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When the College of Cardinals elected the new head of the Roman Catholic Church two years ago, Pope Francis was given the mandate to put the Vatican's dysfunctional administration in order.

As the papacy's enters its third year, some of the biggest reforms have been achieved in the Vatican's finances, long tainted by scandal.

Three days after his election, Pope Francis made clear his vision of what the Catholic Church should be when he exclaimed, "Oh, how I would love a poor church ... for the poor."

Local church leaders respond to Vatican document

Oct 14, 2014
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Local church leaders are adjusting after the Vatican released a document on Monday welcoming gay people, divorcees, unmarried couples and their children in the Catholic Church. The document addresses the changes in families across cultures and it recognizes some of the "positive aspects of civil unions and cohabitation."

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The Catholic Church is at a crossroads. Pope Benedict XVI surprised just about everyone this week by announcing his resignation. The leader of the world’s one billion Catholics held his final public mass on Wednesday, at the end of this month, he will become the first pope to resign in nearly 600 years.