Vatican family synod will be a test case for Pope Francis’ papacy

October 2, 2014
(Pope Francis waves as he leaves at the end of his weekly audience in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican October 1, 2014. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

(Pope Francis waves as he leaves at the end of his weekly audience in Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican October 1, 2014. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

Pope summons Mideast envoys to Rome over Islamist advance

October 1, 2014
(A woman prays near pictures of victims who were killed in an attack at the Syrian Catholic cathedral of Our Lady of Salvation, during Christmas eve in Baghdad, in this photo taken December 24, 2010. A French mission to rescue victims of the church massacre in Baghdad has raised questions about the fairness of such operations, with rights groups calling for the rescue of all Iraq's threatened groups, not just Christians. Picture taken December 24, 2010. To match Feature FRANCE-IRAQ/CHRISTIANS REUTERS/Mohammed Ameen )

(A woman prays near pictures of victims who were killed in an attack at the Syrian Catholic cathedral of Our Lady of Salvation, during Christmas eve in Baghdad, in this photo taken December 24, 2010. REUTERS/Mohammed Ameen)

Two popes attend gathering of the wise and wrinkled at the Vatican

September 29, 2014
(Pope Francis (R) greets Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI before a mass in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican September 28, 2014. Former Pope Benedict will take part in a gathering of elderly people at the Vatican on Sunday, only his third appearance at a public event since he resigned in February 2013. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

(Pope Francis (R) greets Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI before a mass in Saint Peter’s square at the Vatican September 28, 2014. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

Pope Francis sacks Paraguayan bishop accused of protecting abuser priest

September 26, 2014
(Pope Francis waves as he leads the general audience in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican September 24, 2014. REUTERS/Max Rossi )

(Pope Francis waves as he leads the general audience in Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican September 24, 2014. REUTERS/Max Rossi )

Vatican arrests defrocked former archbishop on paedophilia charges

September 24, 2014
(Archbishop Josef Wesolowski, the Vatican's ambassador to the Dominican Republic, offers mass in Santo Domingo August 3, 2009. The Vatican has recalled Wesolowski, who has been in the Dominican Republic for nearly six years, and relieved him of his duties pending an investigation, after local media accused him of paedophilia, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said on September 4, 2013. Picture taken August 3, 2009. REUTERS/Luis Gomez/Diario Libre)

(Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski, the Vatican’s former ambassador to the Dominican Republic, saying mass in Santo Domingo August 3, 2009. REUTERS/Luis Gomez/Diario Libre)

Pope names moderate as Chicago archbishop, key role in U.S. Catholic Church

September 22, 2014
(Bishop Blase Cupich, answers questions from the press in Bellevue, Washington in this June 16, 2011 file photo. Pope Francis, in his first major appointment in the hierarchy of the Catholic Church in the United States, on September 20, 2014 named Bishop Blase Cupich as the new archbishop of Chicago. REUTERS/Marcus Donner/)

(Bishop Blase Cupich, answers questions from the press in Bellevue, Washington in this June 16, 2011 file photo. Pope Francis, in his first major appointment in the hierarchy of the Catholic Church in the United States, on September 20, 2014 named Bishop Blase Cupich as the new archbishop of Chicago. REUTERS/Marcus Donner/)

Philadelphia planning as if Pope Francis is coming in 2015, Chaput says

September 16, 2014
(Archibishop of Philadelphia Charles Joseph Chaput attends a news conference at the Vatican September 16, 2014. Chaput announced officially that the next World Meeting of Families will be held in Philadelphia from 22 to 27 September in 2015. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

(Archibishop of Philadelphia Charles Joseph Chaput attends a news conference at the Vatican September 16, 2014. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

Pope to visit Turkey in November

September 13, 2014
(The sun sets over the Ottoman-era Suleymaniye mosque in Istanbul February 19, 2012. REUTERS/Murad Sezer )

(The sun sets over the Ottoman-era Suleymaniye mosque in Istanbul February 19, 2012. REUTERS/Murad Sezer)

Shimon Peres floats idea of U.N.-style “United Religions” with Pope Francis

September 5, 2014
(Pope Francis and Israeli President Shimon Peres (R) arrive in the Vatican Gardens to pray with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (not pictured) at the Vatican June 8, 2014. REUTERS/Max Rossi )

(Pope Francis and Israeli President Shimon Peres (R) arrive in the Vatican Gardens to pray with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (not pictured) at the Vatican June 8, 2014. REUTERS/Max Rossi)

Diego Maradona steals show from fellow Argentine Pope Francis

September 2, 2014
(Former soccer star Diego Maradona (L) hugs Pope Francis during a special audience held before a special interreligious "Match for Peace", at the Paul VI hall at the Vatican September 1, 2014. Current and former soccer stars representing various religious faiths will participate in the "Match for Peace", which will be held in the Stadio Olimpico in Rome on Monday night. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi )

(Former soccer star Diego Maradona (L) hugs Pope Francis during a special audience held before a special interreligious “Match for Peace”, at the Paul VI hall at the Vatican September 1, 2014. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi )