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Pope Francis waves at the end of a meeting with the Pauline family (Paolina family) in occasion of the centenary of its foundation by Don Giacomo Alberione, on Novembre 27, 2014 at Paul VI audience hall at the Vatican. Pope Francis heads to Turkey on Friday, it will be the first papal visit to Turkey since the now-retired Benedict XVI went there in 2006 against a backrop of anger in much of the Muslim world over comments which appeared to link the Prophet Mohamed to violence. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)
A nun kisses the hand of Pope Francis during a meeting with the Pauline family (Paolina family) in occasion of the centenary of its foundation by Don Giacomo Alberione, on Novembre 27, 2014 at Paul VI audience hall at the Vatican. Pope Francis heads to Turkey on Friday, it will be the first papal visit to Turkey since the now-retired Benedict XVI went there in 2006 against a backrop of anger in much of the Muslim world over comments which appeared to link the Prophet Mohamed to violence. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)
Pope Francis delivers a speech during a meeting with the Pauline family (Paolina family) in occasion of the centenary of its foundation by Don Giacomo Alberione, on Novembre 27, 2014 at Paul VI audience hall at the Vatican. Pope Francis heads to Turkey on Friday, it will be the first papal visit to Turkey since the now-retired Benedict XVI went there in 2006 against a backrop of anger in much of the Muslim world over comments which appeared to link the Prophet Mohamed to violence. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)
Pope Francis attends a meeting with the Pauline family (Paolina family) in occasion of the centenary of its foundation by Don Giacomo Alberione, on Novembre 27, 2014 at Paul VI audience hall at the Vatican. Pope Francis heads to Turkey on Friday, it will be the first papal visit to Turkey since the now-retired Benedict XVI went there in 2006 against a backrop of anger in much of the Muslim world over comments which appeared to link the Prophet Mohamed to violence. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)
Pope Francis (R) and prefect of the papal household Georg Gaenswein make the sign of the cross during a meeting with the Pauline family (Paolina family) in occasion of the centenary of its foundation by Don Giacomo Alberione, on Novembre 27, 2014 at Paul VI audience hall at the Vatican. Pope Francis heads to Turkey on Friday, it will be the first papal visit to Turkey since the now-retired Benedict XVI went there in 2006 against a backrop of anger in much of the Muslim world over comments which appeared to link the Prophet Mohamed to violence. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)
Pope Francis attends a meeting with the Pauline family (Paolina family) in occasion of the centenary of its foundation by Don Giacomo Alberione, on Novembre 27, 2014 at Paul VI audience hall at the Vatican. Pope Francis heads to Turkey on Friday, it will be the first papal visit to Turkey since the now-retired Benedict XVI went there in 2006 against a backrop of anger in much of the Muslim world over comments which appeared to link the Prophet Mohamed to violence. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - NOVEMBER 23: Pope Francis waves as he leaves St. Peters Square at the end of a canonization mass on November 23, 2014 in Vatican City, Vatican. Pontiff canonized six new saints two from Kerala (India) Kuriakose Elias Chavara and Mother Eufrasia Eluvathingal, and four Italians: Amato Ronconi, Giovanni Antonio Farina, Nicola da Longobardi and Ludovico da Casoria. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - NOVEMBER 23: Tapestry featuring the portrait of newly appointed Saint Ludovico da Casoria is draped from the balcony overlooking St. Peter's Square as Pope Francis attends a canonization ceremony on November 23, 2014 in Vatican City, Vatican. Pontiff canonized six new saints two from Kerala (India) Kuriakose Elias Chavara and Mother Eufrasia Eluvathingal, and four Italians: Amato Ronconi, Giovanni Antonio Farina, Nicola da Longobardi and Ludovico da Casoria. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - NOVEMBER 23: Tapestry featuring the portrait of newly appointed Saint Giovanni Antonio Farina is draped from the balcony overlooking St. Peter's Square as Pope Francis attends a canonization ceremony on November 23, 2014 in Vatican City, Vatican. Pontiff canonized six new saints two from Kerala (India) Kuriakose Elias Chavara and Mother Eufrasia Eluvathingal, and four Italians: Amato Ronconi, Giovanni Antonio Farina, Nicola da Longobardi and Ludovico da Casoria. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - NOVEMBER 23: Tapestry featuring the portrait of newly appointed Saint Giovanni Antonio Farina is draped from the balcony overlooking St. Peter's Square as Pope Francis attends a canonization ceremony on November 23, 2014 in Vatican City, Vatican. Pontiff canonized six new saints two from Kerala (India) Kuriakose Elias Chavara and Mother Eufrasia Eluvathingal, and four Italians: Amato Ronconi, Giovanni Antonio Farina, Nicola da Longobardi and Ludovico da Casoria. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - NOVEMBER 23: Tapestry featuring the portrait of newly appointed Saint Amato Ronconi is draped from the balcony overlooking St. Peter's Square as Pope Francis attends a canonization ceremony on November 23, 2014 in Vatican City, Vatican. Pontiff canonized six new saints two from Kerala (India) Kuriakose Elias Chavara and Mother Eufrasia Eluvathingal, and four Italians: Amato Ronconi, Giovanni Antonio Farina, Nicola da Longobardi and Ludovico da Casoria. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - NOVEMBER 23: Tapestry featuring the portrait of newly appointed Saint Nicola da Longobardi is draped from the balcony overlooking St. Peter's Square as Pope Francis attends a canonization ceremony on November 23, 2014 in Vatican City, Vatican. Pontiff canonized six new saints two from Kerala (India) Kuriakose Elias Chavara and Mother Eufrasia Eluvathingal, and four Italians: Amato Ronconi, Giovanni Antonio Farina, Nicola da Longobardi and Ludovico da Casoria. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - NOVEMBER 23: A general view of a canonization mass celebrated by Pope Francis in St. Peters Square on November 23, 2014 in Vatican City, Vatican. Pontiff canonized six new saints two from Kerala (India) Kuriakose Elias Chavara and Mother Eufrasia Eluvathingal, and four Italians: Amato Ronconi, Giovanni Antonio Farina, Nicola da Longobardi and Ludovico da Casoria. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - NOVEMBER 23: Tapestry featuring the portrait of newly appointed Saint Nicola da Longobardi is draped from the balcony overlooking St. Peter's Square as Pope Francis attends a canonization ceremony on November 23, 2014 in Vatican City, Vatican. Pontiff canonized six new saints two from Kerala (India) Kuriakose Elias Chavara and Mother Eufrasia Eluvathingal, and four Italians: Amato Ronconi, Giovanni Antonio Farina, Nicola da Longobardi and Ludovico da Casoria. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - NOVEMBER 23: Tapestry featuring the portrait of newly appointed Saint Ludovico da Casoria is draped from the balcony overlooking St. Peter's Square as Pope Francis attends a canonization ceremony on November 23, 2014 in Vatican City, Vatican. Pontiff canonized six new saints two from Kerala (India) Kuriakose Elias Chavara and Mother Eufrasia Eluvathingal, and four Italians: Amato Ronconi, Giovanni Antonio Farina, Nicola da Longobardi and Ludovico da Casoria. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - NOVEMBER 23: Tapestry featuring the portrait of newly appointed Saint Kuriakose Elias Chavara is draped from the balcony overlooking St. Peter's Square as Pope Francis attends a canonization ceremony on November 23, 2014 in Vatican City, Vatican. Pontiff canonized six new saints two from Kerala (India) Kuriakose Elias Chavara and Mother Eufrasia Eluvathingal, and four Italians: Amato Ronconi, Giovanni Antonio Farina, Nicola da Longobardi and Ludovico da Casoria. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - NOVEMBER 23: Tapestry featuring the portrait of newly appointed Saint Mother Eufrasia Eluvathingal is draped from the balcony overlooking St. Peter's Square as Pope Francis attends a canonization ceremony on November 23, 2014 in Vatican City, Vatican. Pontiff canonized six new saints two from Kerala (India) Kuriakose Elias Chavara and Mother Eufrasia Eluvathingal, and four Italians: Amato Ronconi, Giovanni Antonio Farina, Nicola da Longobardi and Ludovico da Casoria. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - NOVEMBER 23: Tapestry featuring the portrait of new appointed Saint Kuriakose Elias Chavara is draped from the balcony overlooking St. Peter's Square as Pope Francis attends a canonization ceremony on November 23, 2014 in Vatican City, Vatican. Pontiff canonized six new saints two from Kerala (India) Kuriakose Elias Chavara and Mother Eufrasia Eluvathingal, and four Italians: Amato Ronconi, Giovanni Antonio Farina, Nicola da Longobardi and Ludovico da Casoria. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - NOVEMBER 23: Tapestry featuring the portrait of newly appointed Saint Mother Eufrasia Eluvathingal is draped from the balcony overlooking St. Peter's Square as Pope Francis attends a canonization ceremony on November 23, 2014 in Vatican City, Vatican. Pontiff canonized six new saints two from Kerala (India) Kuriakose Elias Chavara and Mother Eufrasia Eluvathingal, and four Italians: Amato Ronconi, Giovanni Antonio Farina, Nicola da Longobardi and Ludovico da Casoria. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - NOVEMBER 23: German cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Muller attends a canonization mass celebrated by Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square on November 23, 2014 in Vatican City, Vatican. Pontiff canonized six new saints two from Kerala (India) Kuriakose Elias Chavara and Mother Eufrasia Eluvathingal, and four Italians: Amato Ronconi, Giovanni Antonio Farina, Nicola da Longobardi and Ludovico da Casoria. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - NOVEMBER 23: Cardinals attend a canonization mass celebrated by Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square on November 23, 2014 in Vatican City, Vatican. Pontiff canonized six new saints two from Kerala (India) Kuriakose Elias Chavara and Mother Eufrasia Eluvathingal, and four Italians: Amato Ronconi, Giovanni Antonio Farina, Nicola da Longobardi and Ludovico da Casoria. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - NOVEMBER 23: Nuns carry relics of new saints during a canonization mass celebrated by Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square on November 23, 2014 in Vatican City, Vatican. Pontiff canonized six new saints two from Kerala (India) Kuriakose Elias Chavara and Mother Eufrasia Eluvathingal, and four Italians: Amato Ronconi, Giovanni Antonio Farina, Nicola da Longobardi and Ludovico da Casoria. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - NOVEMBER 23: Piligrms from Kerala diocese attend a canonization mass celebrated by Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square on November 23, 2014 in Vatican City, Vatican. Pontiff canonized six new saints two from Kerala (India) Kuriakose Elias Chavara and Mother Eufrasia Eluvathingal, and four Italians: Amato Ronconi, Giovanni Antonio Farina, Nicola da Longobardi and Ludovico da Casoria. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - NOVEMBER 23: German cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Muller (C) attends a canonization mass celebrated by Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square on November 23, 2014 in Vatican City, Vatican. Pontiff canonized six new saints two from Kerala (India) Kuriakose Elias Chavara and Mother Eufrasia Eluvathingal, and four Italians: Amato Ronconi, Giovanni Antonio Farina, Nicola da Longobardi and Ludovico da Casoria. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - NOVEMBER 23: A piligrm from Kerala diocese attends a canonization mass celebrated by Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square on November 23, 2014 in Vatican City, Vatican. Pontiff canonized six new saints two from Kerala (India) Kuriakose Elias Chavara and Mother Eufrasia Eluvathingal, and four Italians: Amato Ronconi, Giovanni Antonio Farina, Nicola da Longobardi and Ludovico da Casoria. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - NOVEMBER 23: A piligrm from Kerala diocese attends a canonization mass celebrated by Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square on November 23, 2014 in Vatican City, Vatican. Pontiff canonized six new saints two from Kerala (India) Kuriakose Elias Chavara and Mother Eufrasia Eluvathingal, and four Italians: Amato Ronconi, Giovanni Antonio Farina, Nicola da Longobardi and Ludovico da Casoria. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - NOVEMBER 23: Piligrms from Kerala diocese attend a canonization mass celebrated by Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square on November 23, 2014 in Vatican City, Vatican. Pontiff canonized six new saints two from Kerala (India) Kuriakose Elias Chavara and Mother Eufrasia Eluvathingal, and four Italians: Amato Ronconi, Giovanni Antonio Farina, Nicola da Longobardi and Ludovico da Casoria. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - NOVEMBER 23: A priest attends a canonization mass celebrated by Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square on November 23, 2014 in Vatican City, Vatican. Pontiff canonized six new saints two from Kerala (India) Kuriakose Elias Chavara and Mother Eufrasia Eluvathingal, and four Italians: Amato Ronconi, Giovanni Antonio Farina, Nicola da Longobardi and Ludovico da Casoria. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - NOVEMBER 23: A priests carries relics of new saints during a canonization mass celebrated by Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square on November 23, 2014 in Vatican City, Vatican. Pontiff canonized six new saints two from Kerala (India) Kuriakose Elias Chavara and Mother Eufrasia Eluvathingal, and four Italians: Amato Ronconi, Giovanni Antonio Farina, Nicola da Longobardi and Ludovico da Casoria. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - NOVEMBER 23: Piligrms from Kerala diocese attend a canonization mass celebrated by Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square on November 23, 2014 in Vatican City, Vatican. Pontiff canonized six new saints two from Kerala (India) Kuriakose Elias Chavara and Mother Eufrasia Eluvathingal, and four Italians: Amato Ronconi, Giovanni Antonio Farina, Nicola da Longobardi and Ludovico da Casoria. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - NOVEMBER 23: Piligrms from Kerala diocese attend a canonization mass celebrated by Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square on November 23, 2014 in Vatican City, Vatican. Pontiff canonized six new saints two from Kerala (India) Kuriakose Elias Chavara and Mother Eufrasia Eluvathingal, and four Italians: Amato Ronconi, Giovanni Antonio Farina, Nicola da Longobardi and Ludovico da Casoria. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - NOVEMBER 23: Pope Francis waves as he leaves St. Peters Square at the end of a canonization mass on November 23, 2014 in Vatican City, Vatican. Pontiff canonized six new saints two from Kerala (India) Kuriakose Elias Chavara and Mother Eufrasia Eluvathingal, and four Italians: Amato Ronconi, Giovanni Antonio Farina, Nicola da Longobardi and Ludovico da Casoria. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - NOVEMBER 23: Pope Francis waves as he leaves St. Peters Square at the end of a canonization mass on November 23, 2014 in Vatican City, Vatican. Pontiff canonized six new saints two from Kerala (India) Kuriakose Elias Chavara and Mother Eufrasia Eluvathingal, and four Italians: Amato Ronconi, Giovanni Antonio Farina, Nicola da Longobardi and Ludovico da Casoria. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - NOVEMBER 23: Pope Francis greets an Indian child as he leaves St. Peters Square at the end of a canonization mass on November 23, 2014 in Vatican City, Vatican. Pontiff canonized six new saints two from Kerala (India) Kuriakose Elias Chavara and Mother Eufrasia Eluvathingal, and four Italians: Amato Ronconi, Giovanni Antonio Farina, Nicola da Longobardi and Ludovico da Casoria. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - NOVEMBER 23: Priests from Kerala diocese attend a canonization mass celebrated by Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square on November 23, 2014 in Vatican City, Vatican. Pontiff canonized six new saints two from Kerala (India) Kuriakose Elias Chavara and Mother Eufrasia Eluvathingal, and four Italians: Amato Ronconi, Giovanni Antonio Farina, Nicola da Longobardi and Ludovico da Casoria. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - NOVEMBER 23: Pope Francis greets an Indian child as he leaves St. Peters Square at the end of a canonization mass on November 23, 2014 in Vatican City, Vatican. Pontiff canonized six new saints two from Kerala (India) Kuriakose Elias Chavara and Mother Eufrasia Eluvathingal, and four Italians: Amato Ronconi, Giovanni Antonio Farina, Nicola da Longobardi and Ludovico da Casoria. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - NOVEMBER 23: A general view of a canonization mass celebrated by Pope Francis in St. Peters Square on November 23, 2014 in Vatican City, Vatican. Pontiff canonized six new saints two from Kerala (India) Kuriakose Elias Chavara and Mother Eufrasia Eluvathingal, and four Italians: Amato Ronconi, Giovanni Antonio Farina, Nicola da Longobardi and Ludovico da Casoria. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - NOVEMBER 23: Priests attend a canonization mass celebrated by Pope Francis in St. Peters Square on November 23, 2014 in Vatican City, Vatican. Pontiff canonized six new saints two from Kerala (India) Kuriakose Elias Chavara and Mother Eufrasia Eluvathingal, and four Italians: Amato Ronconi, Giovanni Antonio Farina, Nicola da Longobardi and Ludovico da Casoria. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - NOVEMBER 23: A general view of a canonization mass celebrated by Pope Francis in St. Peters Square on November 23, 2014 in Vatican City, Vatican. Pontiff canonized six new saints two from Kerala (India) Kuriakose Elias Chavara and Mother Eufrasia Eluvathingal, and four Italians: Amato Ronconi, Giovanni Antonio Farina, Nicola da Longobardi and Ludovico da Casoria. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - NOVEMBER 23: Priests attend a canonization mass celebrated by Pope Francis in St. Peters Square on November 23, 2014 in Vatican City, Vatican. Pontiff canonized six new saints two from Kerala (India) Kuriakose Elias Chavara and Mother Eufrasia Eluvathingal, and four Italians: Amato Ronconi, Giovanni Antonio Farina, Nicola da Longobardi and Ludovico da Casoria. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - NOVEMBER 23: Priests, framed by a seagull on the St. Peter's statue, attend a canonization mass celebrated by Pope Francis in St. Peters Square on November 23, 2014 in Vatican City, Vatican. Pontiff canonized six new saints two from Kerala (India) Kuriakose Elias Chavara and Mother Eufrasia Eluvathingal, and four Italians: Amato Ronconi, Giovanni Antonio Farina, Nicola da Longobardi and Ludovico da Casoria. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - NOVEMBER 23: A general view of a canonization mass celebrated by Pope Francis in St. Peters Square on November 23, 2014 in Vatican City, Vatican. Pontiff canonized six new saints two from Kerala (India) Kuriakose Elias Chavara and Mother Eufrasia Eluvathingal, and four Italians: Amato Ronconi, Giovanni Antonio Farina, Nicola da Longobardi and Ludovico da Casoria. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)
Pope Francis salutes priests after a canonization mass for Eufrasia Eluvathingal, friar Francescano Amato Ronconi, bishop Antonio Farina, priest Kuriakose Elias Chavara, friar Francescano Nicola Saggio da Longobardi and friar Francescano Amato Ronconi at St Peter's square on November 23, 2014 at the Vatican. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - NOVEMBER 23: A nun attends a canonization mass celebrated by Pope Francis in St. Peters Square on November 23, 2014 in Vatican City, Vatican. Pontiff canonized six new saints two from Kerala (India) Kuriakose Elias Chavara and Mother Eufrasia Eluvathingal, and four Italians: Amato Ronconi, Giovanni Antonio Farina, Nicola da Longobardi and Ludovico da Casoria. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)
Pope Francis leaves after a canonization mass for Eufrasia Eluvathingal, friar Francescano Amato Ronconi, bishop Antonio Farina, priest Kuriakose Elias Chavara, friar Francescano Nicola Saggio da Longobardi and friar Francescano Amato Ronconi at St Peter's Square on November 23, 2014 at the Vatican. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)
Pope Francis (Top) salutes cardinals after a canonization mass for Eufrasia Eluvathingal, friar Francescano Amato Ronconi, bishop Antonio Farina, priest Kuriakose Elias Chavara, friar Francescano Nicola Saggio da Longobardi and friar Francescano Amato Ronconi at St Peter's Square on November 23, 2014 at the Vatican. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - NOVEMBER 23: Pope Francis attends a canonization mass in St. Peters Square on November 23, 2014 in Vatican City, Vatican. Pontiff canonized six new saints two from Kerala (India) Kuriakose Elias Chavara and Mother Eufrasia Eluvathingal, and four Italians: Amato Ronconi, Giovanni Antonio Farina, Nicola da Longobardi and Ludovico da Casoria. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - NOVEMBER 23: Pope Francis attends a canonization mass in St. Peters Square on November 23, 2014 in Vatican City, Vatican. Pontiff canonized six new saints two from Kerala (India) Kuriakose Elias Chavara and Mother Eufrasia Eluvathingal, and four Italians: Amato Ronconi, Giovanni Antonio Farina, Nicola da Longobardi and Ludovico da Casoria. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)
A seagull flies over a tapestry of Eufrasia Eluvathingal during a canonization mass at St Peter's square on November 23, 2014 at the Vatican. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - NOVEMBER 23: Pope Francis attends a canonization mass in St. Peters Square on November 23, 2014 in Vatican City, Vatican. Pontiff canonized six new saints two from Kerala (India) Kuriakose Elias Chavara and Mother Eufrasia Eluvathingal, and four Italians: Amato Ronconi, Giovanni Antonio Farina, Nicola da Longobardi and Ludovico da Casoria. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - NOVEMBER 23: Pope Francis attends a canonization mass in St. Peters Square on November 23, 2014 in Vatican City, Vatican. Pontiff canonized six new saints two from Kerala (India) Kuriakose Elias Chavara and Mother Eufrasia Eluvathingal, and four Italians: Amato Ronconi, Giovanni Antonio Farina, Nicola da Longobardi and Ludovico da Casoria. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - NOVEMBER 23: Pope Francis attends a canonization mass in St. Peters Square on November 23, 2014 in Vatican City, Vatican. Pontiff canonized six new saints two from Kerala (India) Kuriakose Elias Chavara and Mother Eufrasia Eluvathingal, and four Italians: Amato Ronconi, Giovanni Antonio Farina, Nicola da Longobardi and Ludovico da Casoria. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)
Priests give communion during a Sunday mass at St. Esprit Cathedral on November 23, 2014, at Sisli in Istanbul. Pope Francis will visit Turkey from November 28 to 30, 2014, eight years after his predecessor, Benedict XVI, made a landmark visit to the predominantly Muslim country. AFP PHOTO/GURCAN OZTURK (Photo credit should read GURCAN OZTURK/AFP/Getty Images)
Priests give communion during a Sunday mass at St. Esprit Cathedral on November 23, 2014, at Sisli in Istanbul. Pope Francis will visit Turkey from November 28 to 30, 2014, eight years after his predecessor, Benedict XVI, made a landmark visit to the predominantly Muslim country. AFP PHOTO/GURCAN OZTURK (Photo credit should read GURCAN OZTURK/AFP/Getty Images)
Priets celebrate a Sunday mass at St. Esprit Cathedral on November 23, 2014, at Sisli in Istanbul. Pope Francis will visit Turkey from November 28 to 30, 2014, eight years after his predecessor, Benedict XVI, made a landmark visit to the predominantly Muslim country. AFP PHOTO/GURCAN OZTURK (Photo credit should read GURCAN OZTURK/AFP/Getty Images)
People attend the Sunday mass at St. Esprit Cathedral on November 23, 2014, at Sisli in Istanbul. Pope Francis will visit Turkey from November 28 to 30, 2014, eight years after his predecessor, Benedict XVI, made a landmark visit to the predominantly Muslim country. AFP PHOTO/GURCAN OZTURK (Photo credit should read GURCAN OZTURK/AFP/Getty Images)
A woman lights a candle during a Sunday mass at St. Esprit Cathedral on November 23, 2014, at Sisli in Istanbul. Pope Francis will visit Turkey from November 28 to 30, 2014, eight years after his predecessor, Benedict XVI, made a landmark visit to the predominantly Muslim country. AFP PHOTO/GURCAN OZTURK (Photo credit should read GURCAN OZTURK/AFP/Getty Images)
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - OCTOBER 19: Priests wait to give communion to the faithful during the holy mass for the closing of Extraordinary Synod held by Pope Francis at St. Peter's Square on October 19, 2014 in Vatican City, Vatican. During the Mass the Holy Father beatified his predecessor, Pope Paul VI, whom he described as a 'great Pope,' a 'courageous Christian' and a 'tireless apostle. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - OCTOBER 19: A tapestry depicting Pope Paul VI is unveiled on the balcony of St Peters basilica during the holy mass for the closing of Extraordinary Synod held by Pope Francis on October 19, 2014 in Vatican City, Vatican. During the Mass the Holy Father beatified his predecessor, Pope Paul VI, whom he described as a 'great Pope,' a 'courageous Christian' and a 'tireless apostle. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - OCTOBER 19: Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, flanked by Prefect of the Pontifical House and his former personal secretary Georg Ganswein (R) arrives at the holy mass for the closing of Extraordinary Synod held by Pope Francis at St. Peter's Square on October 19, 2014 in Vatican City, Vatican. During the Mass the Holy Father beatified his predecessor, Pope Paul VI, whom he described as a 'great Pope,' a 'courageous Christian' and a 'tireless apostle. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - OCTOBER 19: A tapestry depicting Pope Paul VI hangs on the balcony of St Peters basilica during the holy mass for the closing of Extraordinary Synod held by Pope Francis on October 19, 2014 in Vatican City, Vatican. During the Mass the Holy Father beatified his predecessor, Pope Paul VI, whom he described as a 'great Pope,' a 'courageous Christian' and a 'tireless apostle. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - OCTOBER 19: Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI (L) attends the holy mass for the closing of Extraordinary Synod held by Pope Francis at St. Peter's Square on October 19, 2014 in Vatican City, Vatican. During the Mass the Holy Father beatified his predecessor, Pope Paul VI, whom he described as a 'great Pope,' a 'courageous Christian' and a 'tireless apostle. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - OCTOBER 19: Pope Francis attends holy mass for the closing of Extraordinary Synod at St. Peter's Square on October 19, 2014 in Vatican City, Vatican. During the Mass the Holy Father beatified his predecessor, Pope Paul VI, whom he described as a 'great Pope,' a 'courageous Christian' and a 'tireless apostle. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - OCTOBER 19: Pope Francis holds holy Mass at St. Peter's Square for the closing of Extraordinary Synod on October 19, 2014 in Vatican City, Vatican. During the Mass the Holy Father beatified his predecessor, Pope Paul VI, whom he described as a 'great Pope,' a 'courageous Christian' and a 'tireless apostle. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - OCTOBER 13: Pope Francis leaves the Synod Hall at the end of a session of the Synod on the themes of family on October 13, 2014 in Vatican City, Vatican. As discussion at the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family got underway Monday morning, it was announced that the second phase of this process, next year's Ordinary Synod, will be held October 4-25, 2015, and will have theme: The vocation and mission of the family in the church and the modern world. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - OCTOBER 05: Pope Francis attends the Opening Mass of the Synod of Bishops in St. Peter's Basilica on October 5, 2014 in Vatican City, Vatican. The two week General Assembly will discuss the 'The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of the Evangelization.' (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)
Pope Francis delivers his speech during the Synod on the Families, to cardinals and bishops gathering in the Synod Aula, at the Vatican, on October 6, 2014. Pontiff on Sunday launched a major review of Catholic teaching on the family that could lead to change in the Church's attitude to marriage, cohabitation and divorce. An extraordinary synod, or meeting, of nearly 200 bishops from around the world and a sprinkling of lay people will, for the next two weeks, address the huge gulf between what the Church currently says on these issues and what tens of millions of believers actually do. AFP PHOTO / ANDREAS SOLARO (Photo credit should read ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images)
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - OCTOBER 05: Cardinals attend the Opening Mass of the Synod of Bishops celebrated by Pope Francis in St. Peter's Basilica on October 5, 2014 in Vatican City, Vatican. The two week General Assembly will discuss the 'The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of the Evangelization'. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - OCTOBER 07: Pope Francis leaves the Synod Hall at the end of a session of the Synod on the themes of family on October 7, 2014 in Vatican City, Vatican. In his 'Report prior to discussion' presented Tuesday morning to Synod Fathers and Fraternal delegates, the relator general Cardinal Peter Erdo, pointed to the 'privatization of love' as the greatest challenge to the family. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)
Pope Francis leads a vigil prayer in preparation for the Synod on the Family on October 4, 2014 at St Peter's square at the Vatican. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - OCTOBER 06: Pope Francis chats with Ungarian cardinal and archbisop of Budapest cardinal Peter Erdo (R) as he arrives at the Synod Hall for the Synod on the themes of family on October 6, 2014 in Vatican City, Vatican. Pope Francis addressed the Fathers of the Extraordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on Monday, as they began their first full day of sessions exploring the pastoral challenges of the family in the context of evangelization. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - OCTOBER 06: Pope Francis attends the first sessions of the Synod on the themes of family at the Synod Hall on October 6, 2014 in Vatican City, Vatican. Pope Francis addressed the Fathers of the Extraordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on Monday, as they began their first full day of sessions exploring the pastoral challenges of the family in the context of evangelization. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - OCTOBER 06: A priest arrives by bike at the Synod Hall for the opening of the Synod on the themes of family on October 6, 2014 in Vatican City, Vatican. The two week General Assembly will discuss the 'The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of the Evangelization'. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)
Pope Francis (R) looks on before his speech during the Synod on the Families, to cardinals and bishops gathering in the Synod Aula, at the Vatican, on October 6, 2014. The Pontiff on Sunday launched a major review of Catholic teaching on the family that could lead to change in the Church's attitude to marriage, cohabitation and divorce. An extraordinary synod, or meeting, of nearly 200 bishops from around the world and a sprinkling of lay people will, for the next two weeks, address the huge gulf between what the Church currently says on these issues and what tens of millions of believers actually do. AFP PHOTO / ANDREAS SOLARO (Photo credit should read ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images)
Pope Francis delivers his speech during the Synod of the Families, to cardinals and bishops gathering in the Synod Aula, at the Vatican, on October 6, 2014. AFP PHOTO / ANDREAS SOLARO (Photo credit should read ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images)
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - OCTOBER 05: Pope Francis attends the Opening Mass of the Synod of Bishops in St. Peter's Basilica on October 5, 2014 in Vatican City, Vatican. The two week General Assembly will discuss the 'The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of the Evangelization.' (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)
Faithful hold candles during a vigil prayer in preparation for the Synod on the Family on October 4, 2014 at St Peter's square at the Vatican. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS,GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - OCTOBER 05: Pope Francis attends the Opening Mass of the Synod of Bishops in St. Peter's Basilica on October 5, 2014 in Vatican City, Vatican. The two week General Assembly will discuss the 'The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of the Evangelization.' (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - OCTOBER 06: Pope Francis arrives at the Synod Hall for the opening of the Synod on the themes of family on October 6, 2014 in Vatican City, Vatican. The two week General Assembly will discuss the 'The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of the Evangelization'. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - OCTOBER 06: Pope Francis chats with cardinals as he arrives at the Synod Hall for the Synod on the themes of family on October 6, 2014 in Vatican City, Vatican. Pope Francis addressed the Fathers of the Extraordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on Monday, as they began their first full day of sessions exploring the pastoral challenges of the family in the context of evangelization. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)
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VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis on Sunday beatified Pope Paul VI, concluding the remarkable meeting of bishops debating family issues that drew parallels to the tumultuous reforms of the Second Vatican Council which Paul oversaw and implemented.

Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI was on hand for the Mass, which took place just hours after Catholic bishops approved a document charting a more pastoral approach to ministering to Catholic families.

They failed to reach consensus on the two most divisive issues at the synod: on welcoming gays and divorced and civilly remarried couples. But the issues remain up for discussion ahead of another meeting of bishops next year.

While the synod scrapped its ground-breaking welcome and showed deep divisions on hot-button issues, the fact that the questions are on the table is significant given that they had been taboo until Francis' papacy.

"God is not afraid of new things!" Francis exclaimed in his homily Sunday. "That is why he is continually surprising us, opening our hearts and guiding us in unexpected ways."

He quoted Paul himself as saying the church, particularly the synod of bishops which Paul established, must survey the signs of the times to make sure the church adapts methods to respond to the "growing needs of our time and the changing conditions of society."

Paul was elected in 1963 to succeed the popular Pope John XXIII, and during his 15-year reign was responsible for implementing the reforms of Vatican II and charting the church through the tumultuous years of the 1960s sexual revolution.

Vatican II opened the way for Mass to be said in local languages instead of in Latin, called for greater involvement of the laity in the life of the church and revolutionized the church's relations with people of other faiths.

He is perhaps best known, though, for the divisive 1968 encyclical Humanae Vitae, which enshrined the church's opposition to artificial contraception.

More than 50 years later, Humanae Vitae still elicits criticism for being unrealistic given the vast majority of Catholics ignore its teaching on birth control. In their final synod document, bishops restated doctrine, but they also said the church must respect couples in their moral evaluation of contraception methods.

The bishops also signaled a muted opening toward gays, saying they should be "welcomed with respect and sensitivity." That language was far less welcoming than initially proposed, and it failed to get the necessary two-thirds majority vote to pass.

"I have the impression many would have preferred a more open, positive language," Canadian Archbishop Paul-Andre Durocher wrote on his blog in explaining the apparent protest vote on the gay paragraph. "Not finding it in this paragraph, they might have chosen to indicate their disapproval of it. However, it has also been published, and the reflection will have to continue."

The beatification marked the third 20th century pope Francis has elevated this year: In April, he canonized Sts. John Paul II and John XXIII. That historic event marked the first time a reigning and retired pope - Francis and Benedict - had celebrated Mass together in public in the 2,000-year history of the church.

Benedict returned to the steps of St. Peter's Basilica for Paul's outdoor beatification Mass in a potent symbol of the continuity of the church, despite differences in style and priorities that were so evident in the synod meetings this week.

Paul was beatified, the first step toward possible sainthood, after the Vatican certified a miracle attributed to his intercession concerning a California boy whom doctors had said would be born with serious birth defects. The boy, whose identity has been kept secret at his parents' request, is now a healthy teen.

A second miracle needs to be certified by the Vatican for him to be canonized.

The Vatican said 70,000 people attended Sunday's Mass, held under sunny Roman skies, far fewer than the 800,000 people who attended the dual canonization earlier this year. Paul is often called the "forgotten" or "misunderstood" pope, caught between the "good pope" John XXIII and the crowd-pleasing, globe-trotting John Paul.

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