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Francis meets Benedict XVI on first Christmas as pope

Pope Francis visited his predecessor Benedict XVI on Monday for an informal Christmas greeting, as the Argentine pontiff prepares to celebrate his first Christmas as leader of the world's Roman Catholics. Francis met with the 86-year-old Benedict in a former monastery building on a hill inside the Vatican City walls where the pope emeritus has taken up residence following his historic resignation earlier this year.

Liberal Catholics urge pope for reforms as consultations start

By Tom Heneghan, Religion Editor PARIS (Reuters) - Liberal Catholics have asked to meet Pope Francis to add their views to talks next week on changes in the Church, hoping the conciliatory tone he has brought to the papacy will allow more open decision making. More than 100 groups of reform-minded Roman Catholics sent the appeal in an open letter to the pope and the eight cardinals he has chosen to help him govern the worldwide Church and reform its troubled bureaucracy, the Curia.

New pope wins over US Catholics

His papacy has hardly begun, but 84 percent of Roman Catholics in the United States have a favorable view of Pope Francis, according to a Pew Research Center poll released Wednesday. "Francis is viewed much more favorably by US Catholics than Pope Benedict XVI was during the early days of his pontificate," said Pew's Forum on Religion and Public Life as it released its findings. Some 193 Catholics were among the 1,001 adult Americans that Pew's pollsters contacted by telephone on March 28 to 31, hard on the heels of the new pope's election on March 13.
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