The unconventional Pope Francis

Posted: 12:20 PM EDT Jul 29, 2013   Updated: 11:42 AM EDT Apr 08, 2016

Pope Francis is again breaking with tradition in the Catholic Church, this time urging priests to be more accepting of gays and lesbians, divorced Catholics and non-traditional families. Check out other ways Francis has changed the tone of the papacy.

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In a sweeping paper outlining his stance on family matters, Pope Francis on Friday urged priests around the world to be more accepting of gays and lesbians, divorced Catholics and other people living in what the church considers "irregular" situations. While the paper doesn't change any official doctrines, it is seen as yet another way Francis is breaking with tradition and changing the tone of the papacy.

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