Pope Francis waves as he leads the Sunday angelus prayer in Saint Peter square at the Vatican February 9, 2014. REUTERS/Tony Gentile
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Catholics believe Pope Francis is doing a good job, but many disagree with Church doctrine on hot-button issues, especially contraceptives, according to a global poll out on Sunday.According to the poll, 87 percent of Catholics believe that Francis is doing a good or excellent job as his papacy reaches its first anniversary in March.On other issues there are marked regional differences: for example 80 percent of Catholics in Africa and 76 percent in the Philippines support the ban on female priests, but only 30 percent in Europe and 36 percent in the United States are in favor.The countries represent 61 percent of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics, and pollsters say the survey has a 0.9 percent overall margin of error.
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