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Massimo Introvigne

Signaling a dramatic shift in Vatican tone, Pope Francis said the Catholic Church had become obsessed by "small-minded rules" about how to be faithful and that pastors should instead emphasize compassion over condemnation when discussing divisive social issues of abortion, gays and contraception. (TIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images)

Study: ‘Francis’ Effect Massive In Italy

A new study has found that “hundreds of thousands” of Italians have returned to the practice of Catholicism because of the new pope.

11/12/2013

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