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Pope Francis is reputed for taking a relaxed approach to security (CNS)

Church officials say Francis has asked that there not be any barriers between himself and the faithful

Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, retired archbishop of Washington, prays in the ruined Cathedral of the Transfiguration of Our Lord  in Palo earlier this month Below: More devastation wrought by Super Typhoon Haiyan (CNS)

Ordination ceremonies take place amid the ruins of typhoon-ravaged cathedral