Big week for Vatican reform starts with talk of money, sex

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Posted: Monday, February 17, 2014 12:00 am

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Monday began the most critical week of his year-old papacy: Two financial-reform commissions are reporting their recommendations and preparations are starting for a summit on family issues, including church teachings on contraception, divorce and gay unions that many people who identify as Catholics reject.

In between, Francis will formally welcome 19 new cardinals into the elite club of churchmen who someday will elect his successor. In typical Francis style, the new cardinals hail from some of the poorest places on earth, such as Haiti, Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast.

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