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Pope Francis attends a morning session of a two-week synod on family issues at the Vatican, Monday, Oct. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

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Pope Francis kisses a child as he arrives for his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

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Pope Francis attends a Vespers prayer in the Church of Jesus, in Rome, Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

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Pope Francis holds his weekly general audience, in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

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Pope Francis waves to the crowd from his popemobile as he arrives for his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

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Slavery is one of the themes Pope Francis will discuss in his 2015 World Day of Peace message. Here, he looks at two children as they free doves during his Angelus prayer. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

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Pope Francis called to console the Foley family after their photojournalist son was killed by the Islamic State. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

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Pope Francis meets with bishops during his visit to the Shrine of Haemi in South Korea. The pontiff earlier beatified 124 Korean martyrs who died in the 18th and 19th centuries. (associated press)

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South Korean President Park Geun-hye and Pope Francis walk together before a welcoming ceremony at the presidential Blue House in Seoul. Pope Francis became the first pontiff in 25 years to visit South Korea. (Associated Press)

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South Korean President Park Geun-hye, left, leads Pope Francis after a welcome ceremony at the presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014. Pope Francis became the first pontiff in 25 years to visit South Korea on Thursday, bringing a message of peace and reconciliation to the war-divided peninsula. (AP Photo/Kim Hong-ji, Pool)

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POPULAR: Visitors take souvenir photos by pictures of Pope Francis at a bookstore in Seoul. During a five-day trip to South Korea, the pope will preside over a beatification ceremony for 124 Korean martyrs. (Associated Press)

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Pope Francis met with Meriam Ibrahim, from Sudan, Thursday after her surprise release from her home country and a flight to Rome with her husband and two children. Ms. Ibrahim, whose estranged father was Muslim but whose mother was an Orthodox Christian from Ethiopia, was sentenced to death over charges of apostasy and was being held in U.S. Embassy in Khartoum, Sudan, until she was unexpectedly allowed to leave the country by Sudanese officials.

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** FILE ** Pope Francis and President Barack Obama smile as they exchange gifts, at the Vatican Thursday, March 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Gabriel Bouys, Pool)

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Pope Francis waves as he arrives for the Angelus prayer he delivers from the studio window overlooking St. Peter square at the Vatican, Sunday, July 13, 2014. Pope Francis has led tens of thousands of people in St. Peterís Square in unannounced, silent prayer for an end to the warfare in the Mideast. Francis called for insistent prayers for peace in the Holy Land during his Sunday window appearance to pilgrims and tourists. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

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Pope Francis met with Meriam Ibrahim, from Sudan, Thursday after her surprise release from her home country and a flight to Rome with her husband and two children. Ms. Ibrahim, whose estranged father was Muslim but whose mother was an Orthodox Christian from Ethiopia, was sentenced to death over charges of apostasy and was being held in U.S. Embassy in Khartoum, Sudan, until she was unexpectedly allowed to leave the country by Sudanese officials.

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Pope Francis met with Meriam Ibrahim, from Sudan, Thursday after her surprise release from her home country and a flight to Rome with her husband and two children. Ms. Ibrahim, whose estranged father was Muslim but whose mother was an Orthodox Christian from Ethiopia, was sentenced to death over charges of apostasy and was being held in U.S. Embassy in Khartoum, Sudan, until she was unexpectedly allowed to leave the country by Sudanese officials.

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In this photo provided by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, Pope Francis meets Meriam Ibrahim, from Sudan, with her daughter Maya in her arms, in his Santa Marta residence, at the Vatican, Thursday, July 24, 2014. The Sudanese woman who was sentenced to death in Sudan for refusing to recant her Christian faith has arrived in Italy along with her family, including the infant born in prison. Ibrahim, whose father was Muslim but whose mother was an Orthodox Christian from Ethiopia, was sentenced to death over charges of apostasy. She married her husband, a Christian, in a church ceremony in 2011. (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, File)

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Pope Francis waves as he arrives for the Angelus prayer he delivers from the studio window overlooking St. Peter square at the Vatican, Sunday, July 13, 2014. Pope Francis has led tens of thousands of people in St. Peterís Square in unannounced, silent prayer for an end to the warfare in the Mideast. Francis called for insistent prayers for peace in the Holy Land during his Sunday window appearance to pilgrims and tourists. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

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**FILE** Pope Francis pays homage to a statue of the Virgin Mary during a ceremony to mark the closure of the month dedicated to the Virgin Mary in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on May 31, 2013. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Pope Francis pays homage to a statue of the Virgin Mary during a ceremony to mark the closure of the month dedicated to the Virgin Mary in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on May 31, 2013. (Associated Press)