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Pope Francis' Most Controversial Quotes

CAGLIARI, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 22:  Pope Francis delivers his speech during a meeting with young people on September 22, 2013 in
CAGLIARI, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 22: Pope Francis delivers his speech during a meeting with young people on September 22, 2013 in Cagliari, Italy. Pope Francis heads to Cagliari on the Italian island of Sardinia for a pastoral visit that includes celebrating mass at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Bonaria. The Pope announced in May that he wished to visit the Marian Shrine of Bonaria or 'Good Air' because it gave his hometown of Buenos Aires its name. During his 10-hour visit to the city of Cagliari, the Pope will also meet workers, business representatives, prisoners, the poor, young people, leading representatives from the world of culture and the island's Catholic bishops. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

Pope Francis is no stranger to controversy - he's had plenty of it in the six months since he was elected as Pope.

Amidst his spiritual teachings, the pope has rarely hesitated to speak his mind on important social issues of the day including the financial system, gays, immigration, contraception, chemical weapons, and church corruption. The Pope is living up to his own admonition to 'mess up the church.' His frank statements often represent a departure in tone if not message from the previous church leaders.

Here are some of his most talked-about and controversial statements:

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