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              FILE -- In this July 22, 2013 file photo, Pope Francis holds a bag as he boards a plane at Rome's Fiumicino international airport for his first trip abroad as pontiff. Since his March 2

    FILE -- In this July 22, 2013 file photo, Pope Francis holds a bag as he boards a plane at Rome's Fiumicino international airport for his first trip abroad as pontiff. Since his March 2

    Posted: 7/31/2013 12:43:27 PM EST
    FILE -- In this July 22, 2013 file photo, Pope Francis holds a bag as he boards a plane at Rome's Fiumicino international airport for his first trip abroad as pontiff. Since his March 2013 election, Pope Francis has started a revolution in the Roman Catholic church that charmed millions and the mainstream media, as he goes about doing what he was elected to do: reform not just the dysfunctional Vatican bureaucracy but the church itself, using his own persona and personal history as a model. But the enthusiasm isn't necessarily shared across the board. Traditionalist Catholics — so coddled by Benedict XVI in his pursuit to reach out to Catholics attached to the old Latin Mass and opposed to the modernizing reforms of the Second Vatican Council — greeted Francis' election with concern and now have had their worst fears realized. Francis has spoken out both publicly and privately against such "restoratist groups" whom he accused of being naval-gazing retrogrades out of touch with the evangelizing mission of the church in the 21st century. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)
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              In this July 25, 2013 file photo, Pope Francis waves from his popemobile as he makes his way through the crowds lining the Copacabana beachfront in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Since his Mar

    In this July 25, 2013 file photo, Pope Francis waves from his popemobile as he makes his way through the crowds lining the Copacabana beachfront in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Since his Mar

    Posted: 7/31/2013 12:43:27 PM EST
    In this July 25, 2013 file photo, Pope Francis waves from his popemobile as he makes his way through the crowds lining the Copacabana beachfront in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Since his March 2013 election, Pope Francis has started a revolution in the Roman Catholic church that charmed millions and the mainstream media, as he goes about doing what he was elected to do: reform not just the dysfunctional Vatican bureaucracy but the church itself, using his own persona and personal history as a model. But the enthusiasm isn't necessarily shared across the board. Traditionalist Catholics — so coddled by Benedict XVI in his pursuit to reach out to Catholics attached to the old Latin Mass and opposed to the modernizing reforms of the Second Vatican Council — greeted Francis' election with concern and now have had their worst fears realized. Francis has spoken out both publicly and privately against such "restoratist groups" whom he accused of being naval-gazing retrogrades out of touch with the evangelizing mission of the church in the 21st century. (AP Photo/Enric Marti)
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              FILE _ In htis March 13, 2013 file photo, Pope Francis waves to the crowd from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, during his first appearance just after being e

    FILE _ In htis March 13, 2013 file photo, Pope Francis waves to the crowd from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, during his first appearance just after being e

    Posted: 7/31/2013 12:43:27 PM EST
    FILE _ In htis March 13, 2013 file photo, Pope Francis waves to the crowd from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, during his first appearance just after being elected. Since his election, Pope Francis has started a revolution in the Roman Catholic cChurch that charmed millions and the mainstream media, as he goes about doing what he was elected to do: reform not just the dysfunctional Vatican bureaucracy but the church itself, using his own persona and personal history as a model. But the enthusiasm isn't necessarily shared across the board. Traditionalist Catholics — so coddled by Benedict XVI in his pursuit to reach out to Catholics attached to the old Latin Mass and opposed to the modernizing reforms of the Second Vatican Council — greeted Francis' election with concern and now have had their worst fears realized. Francis has spoken out both publicly and privately against such "restoratist groups" whom he accused of being naval-gazing retrogrades out of touch with the evangelizing mission of the church in the 21st century.(AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
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              In this May 29, 2013 file photo, Pope Francis holds his skull-cap as he leaves at the end of his weekly general audience, in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican. Since his March 2013 ele

    In this May 29, 2013 file photo, Pope Francis holds his skull-cap as he leaves at the end of his weekly general audience, in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican. Since his March 2013 ele

    Posted: 7/31/2013 12:43:27 PM EST
    In this May 29, 2013 file photo, Pope Francis holds his skull-cap as he leaves at the end of his weekly general audience, in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican. Since his March 2013 election, Pope Francis has started a revolution in the Roman Catholic church that charmed millions and the mainstream media, as he goes about doing what he was elected to do: reform not just the dysfunctional Vatican bureaucracy but the church itself, using his own persona and personal history as a model. But the enthusiasm isn't necessarily shared across the board. Traditionalist Catholics — so coddled by Benedict XVI in his pursuit to reach out to Catholics attached to the old Latin Mass and opposed to the modernizing reforms of the Second Vatican Council — greeted Francis' election with concern and now have had their worst fears realized. Francis has spoken out both publicly and privately against such "restoratist groups" whom he accused of being naval-gazing retrogrades out of touch with the evangelizing mission of the church in the 21st century. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)