Pope Francis wants church to give hope to poor and elderly, holds reform talks with cardinals

  • by: NICOLE WINFIELD , Associated Press
  • Updated: October 1, 2013 - 12:45 PM

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis says he doesn't want a "Vatican-centric" church concerned about itself but a missionary church that reaches out to the poor, the young, the elderly and even to non-believers. That's the vision he laid out as he opened a landmark meeting Tuesday on reforming the 2,000-year-old institution.

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