File - In this Dec. 1, 2017 file photo, Pope Francis meets Rohingya Muslim refugees at an interfaith peace meeting in Dhaka, Bangladesh. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi, file)
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humble empathy and the ease with which he walks in others' shoes has won Francis admirers around the globe and confirmed his place as a consummate champion of the poor and disenfranchised.But as he marks the fifth anniversary of his election Tuesday and looks ahead to an already troubled 2018, Francis faces criticism for both the merciful causes he has embraced and the ones he has neglected. Despite all the talk of "the Francis effect" bringing Catholics back to church, Pew found no evidence of a rise in self-proclaimed Catholics or Mass-goers.One cause Francis is accused of neglecting reared its head last week.A coalition of Catholic women gathered at Francis' own Jesuit headquarters in Rome to demand he provide women with a voice and a place at the decision-making table in the Catholic Church.To be fair, Francis appointed a study commission on ordaining women deacons.
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