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By eschewing red shoes, elaborate robes and Latin words, the new pope may be heralding change in a new, more tolerant Catholic Church, writes Catherine O'Mahony.

30th March, 2013
Pope Francis represents a breath of fresh air in the stale, over-styled, formulaic world of the Vatican.

My sister tells a good story about her teacher in primary school. She was in sixth class and the bishop was due to visit as part of preparations for the Confirmation ceremony. The teacher was excited and had come in wearing her best frock. The kids had been drilled to be on their best behaviour, and had prepared answers to a series of anticipated questions.

Finally, the door opened and the bishop stepped in. At...

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