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Pope Francis' new appointments may boost his long-term project to change the direction of the global Catholic Church

Letter from Rome

Pope Francis looks on at the end of a private audience with the German chancellor at the Vatican on June 17. (Photo by AFP)

Robert Mickens, Vatican City International

June 19, 2017

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Pope Francis is preparing to change the leadership of several important dioceses around the world. The moves, which he's expected to begin rolling out in the coming days, are likely to give a huge boost to his unrelenting and long-term project to change the mentality and direction of the global Catholic Church.

It will give him a golden opportunity to replace men who have been less than exuberant about his attitude adjustment program and efforts at reform. 

Cardinals Norberto Rivera Carrera (Mexico City) and Wilfrid Napier (Durban, South Africa); as well as Archbishops Peter Takeo Okada (Tokyo), Denis Hart (Melbourne) and Fausto Gabriel Travez (Quito, Ecuador) are all 75 years or older and it seems the pope is already looking at candidates to succeed them. 

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