Pope Francis demotes outspoken American conservative Cardinal Burke

November 10, 2014
(Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke leads a Holy Mass in the chapel of the Vatican Governorate to mark the opening of the Judicial Year of the Tribunal of Vatican City at the Vatican, January 11, 2014. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini)

(Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke leads a Holy Mass in the chapel of the Vatican Governorate, January 11, 2014. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini)

Vatican to rein in sales of papal blessings, vendors cry foul

November 10, 2014
(A calligrapher makes a papal blessing on parchment at a workshop in Rome November 7, 2014. The Vatican has decided that as of Jan. 1, about 60 other producers and stores that have been in the papal blessing business for decades will no longer be allowed to make or sell them, a decision vendors say could cost up to 500 jobs. Picture taken November 7, 2014. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini)

(A calligrapher makes a papal blessing on parchment at a workshop in Rome November 7, 2014. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini)

Catholic Church should not fear change, Pope Francis says at synod close

October 20, 2014
(Pope Francis greets cardinals at the end of a mass for the beatification of former pope Paul VI in St. Peter's square at the Vatican October 19, 2014. Former pope Paul VI who led the Roman Catholic Church during one of its most turbulent modern periods and enshrined its opposition to contraception, will be beatified by Pope Francis at the Vatican. Beatification is the last step before sainthood. The late pope's move towards canonization was made possible when the Vatican recognised a miracle concerning a pregnant woman in California whose child was at risk of dying. After praying to Paul VI, the child survived. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

(Pope Francis greets cardinals at the end of a mass for the beatification of former pope Paul VI in St. Peter’s square at the Vatican October 19, 2014. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

Vatican to limit Sistine Chapel visitors to protect fragile frescoes

October 17, 2014
(DATE IMPORTED:November 21, 2009Pope Benedict XVI leads a special meeting with artists in the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican November 21, 2009. Pope Benedict meets up to 500 artists from around the world, as part of efforts to turn the page on the Vatican's sometimes conflicted relationship with the contemporary art world. Picture taken with fish-eye lens. REUTERS/Osservatore Romano)

(The Sistine Chapel, as former Pope Benedict XVI met with artists on November 21, 2009. Picture taken with fish-eye lens. REUTERS/Osservatore Romano)

Vatican waters down gay references in English translation of divisive text

October 17, 2014
(Bishops and cardinals attend a synod of bishops lead by Pope Francis in Paul VI's hall at the Vatican October 6, 2014. Pope Francis on Monday opened the Roman Catholic assembly that will discuss marriage, gay couples, birth control and other moral issues, telling his bishops to speak frankly and not be afraid of upsetting him. REUTERS/Max Rossi)

(Bishops and cardinals attend a synod of bishops at the Vatican October 6, 2014. REUTERS/Max Rossi)

Conservative Catholics want changes to Vatican document on family and gays

October 15, 2014
(Pope Francis adjusts his cap as he leads his weekly audience in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican October 15, 2014. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi)

(Pope Francis adjusts his cap as he leads his weekly audience in Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican October 15, 2014. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi)

Vatican document challenges Catholic Church to change attitude to gays

October 15, 2014
(Pope Francis waves as he leads his weekly audience in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican October 8, 2014. REUTERS/Max Rossi)

(Pope Francis waves as he leads his weekly audience in Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican October 8, 2014. REUTERS/Max Rossi)

Leading Vatican cardinal says Catholic Church will never bless gay marriage

October 10, 2014
(Italian Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio arrives to attend a prayer at Saint Peter's Basilica in the Vatican March 6, 2013. Catholic cardinals said on Tuesday they wanted time to get to know each before choosing the next pope and meanwhile would seek more information on a secret report on alleged corruption in the Vatican. REUTERS/Max Rossi)

(Italian Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio at Saint Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican March 6, 2013. REUTERS/Max Rossi)

Pope Francis ditches Latin as official language of Vatican synod

October 7, 2014
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(The legendary Latin orator Cicero addresses the Roman Senate  in 63 BC/”Cicero Accuses Catiline” by Cesare Maccari, 1888, now in Palazzo Madama in Rome)

Pope Francis, opening Catholic gathering at Vatican, tells bishops to speak frankly

October 6, 2014
(Pope Francis leads the synod of bishops in Paul VI's hall at the Vatican October 6, 2014. Pope Francis opened a global Roman Catholic assembly on Sunday showing his apparent irritation with Church leaders who have waged a sometimes bitter public battle between progressives and conservatives on family issues. REUTERS/Claudio Peri/Pool )

(Pope Francis leads the synod of bishops in Paul VI’s hall at the Vatican October 6, 2014. REUTERS/Claudio Peri/Pool )