Sunday, March 12, 2017

Francis Celebrates 4th Anniv. as Pope March 13; Reforms Lauded by Masses,Hit by Some Clerics

Elected in 2013 with a brief to reform a scandal-hit Vatican, Pope Francis has launched numerous initiatives but -- four years later -- he is still struggling to deliver real change, the AFP (Agence France-Presse) website reports today (March 12, 2017).

As he celebrates his fourth anniversary at the head of the Catholic Church on March 13, he continues to bask in a remarkable level of popularity around the world, thanks to his popular touch, plain speaking, and his humble style.

But inside the Vatican Curia there is not always the same enthusiasm for a pope who has regularly lambasted the administration that runs the global church.

Moreover, several conservative cardinals -- who originally supported Francis as pope -- began to criticize him during the past year due to the liberal reforms he has implemented in the Church. These cardinals believe that Pope Francis is destroying traditional Catholic dogma by adopting new reforms that allow worshippers to enjoy more freedom -- at the expense of dogma -- under Catholicism.

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