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Pope seeks historic easing of rigid Catholic doctrine

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Pope Francis has urged a break with the Catholic Church's harsh "obsession" with divorce, gays, contraception and abortion, in an interview signalling a dramatic shift in the Vatican's tone. 

Pope Francis waves to the crowd as he arrives for his general audience in St Peter's square at the Vatican on September 18, 2013.

The Argentine pope has brought a series of fresh perspectives to the notoriously rigid Church since his election in March, and his latest remarks on some of its key doctrines sent shock waves around the world.

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