In this picture provided Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, Pope Francis poses with his so-called "Group of Eight" cardinals, during their first meeting at the Vatican. From left, they are: Francisco Javier Errázuriz Ossa, bishop Marcello Semeraro, serving as secretary, Oswald Gracias, Reinhard Marx, Pope Francis, Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga, Giuseppe Bertello, Sean Patrick O’Malley, George Pell, and Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya. (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, ho)
Pope urges reform, wants church with modern spirit
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis says he doesn't want a "Vatican-centric" church concerned about itself but a missionary church that reaches out to the poor, the young, the elderly and even to non-believers. That's the vision he laid out as he opened a landmark meeting Tuesday on reforming the 2,000-year-old institution.
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