Pope Francis opts for honey over vinegar in Curia address. But will it work?

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Pope Francis speaks during the traditional greetings to the Roman Curia in the Sala Clementina (Clementine Hall) of the Apostolic Palace, at the Vatican on December 21, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Alberto Pizzoli/Pool
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Pope Francis speaks during the traditional greetings to the Roman Curia in the Sala Clementina (Clementine Hall) of the Apostolic Palace, at the Vatican on December 21, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Alberto Pizzoli/Pool *Editors: This photo may only be republished wtih RNS-POPE-CURIA, originally transmitted on Dec. 21, 2015.

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(RNS) If the pope seemed to strike a lighter tone during his benchmark Christian address, Francis made it clear he won’t let up on his drive to overhaul the church.