Pope Francis: popular worldwide, but some young conservatives question his approach

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BY Peter Smith

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio — The Catholic university overlooking the Ohio River here, with a campus abounding in images of St. Francis of Assisi and a replica of his medieval chapel, shares a namesake with the current pope.

But a number of students and staff at Franciscan University of Steubenville are wrestling with the question of how much else they share with Pope Francis.

They admire his personal simplicity and his message of divine mercy.

But at a school that emphasizes a staunch defense of Catholic orthodoxy, many stumble over what they see as Pope Francis’ ambiguity on it.

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