The unconventional Pope Francis

Posted: 0:20 PM EDT Jul 29, 2013   Updated: 3:53 PM EDT Jul 29, 2013

Pope Francis is breaking with tradition and changing the tone of the papacy, both to the delight and chagrin of the Catholic Church.

Pope Francis
1 / 13

Pope Francis on Sept. 8 radically revised the process by which Catholics may annul their marriages, streamlining steps that many in the church considered too cumbersome and costly.

The move is the latest in a series of reforms by Francis as he seeks to make the church more responsive to the real needs of lay Catholics, especially those who have long felt marginalized by the hierarchy. Without the annulments, Catholics who remarry are not allowed to receive Holy Communion, which many describe as a painful exclusion from the church's chief sacrament.


Most Viewed on


Slideshow Of The Day

  • Cynthia Robinson, The Family Stone trumpeter

    Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Clear Channel

    Notable deaths of 2015

    Here is a list of some of the notable public figures, athletes, musicians, artists and actors we've lost in 2015.

On this Day

  • Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren

    Harry How/Getty Images

    On this day: November 27

    Alfred Nobel establishes the Nobel Prize, Baby Face Nelson dies in a shootout with the FBI, Harvey Milk is assassinated, MTV bans Madonna, and Tiger Woods crashes his SUV, all on this day.