Many Germans hoped a German pope would bring an end to the schism between catholics and protestants that began here, centuries ago. But those hopes were dashed.
Germany's traditional state churches see that they need to make changes if they want to stop shrinking. Some are looking to the non-state churches for inspiration with practices like small group Bible studies.
The pope has begged forgiveness from people abused by Catholic clergy in his first meeting with several survivors. Francis noted that the assaults had caused some victims to become addicted to drugs or commit suicide.
Pope Francis has rejected "inhuman economic models" and comforted families of April's Sewol ferry disaster in South Korea, while saying mass for 45,000 people. He's also due to attend a Catholic youth fest.
Hundreds of thousands of faithful have witnessed the historic canonization of two former popes. Pope Francis and Benedict XVI are honoring their predecessors, John XXIII and John Paul II.
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