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World Mar 15Vatican bars same-sex union blessing, says God ‘can’t bless sin’
The Vatican's orthodoxy office, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, issued a formal response Monday to a question about whether Catholic clergy can bless gay unions. Its conclusion was "negative."…
World Mar 07Where IS ruled, pope calls on Christians to forgive, rebuild
Pope Francis urged Iraq’s Christians on Sunday to forgive the injustices against them by Muslim extremists and to rebuild as he visited the wrecked shells of churches and met ecstatic crowds in the community’s historic heartland, which was nearly erased…
World Mar 06Pope, top Iraq Shiite cleric deliver message of coexistence
Pope Francis walked through a narrow alley in Iraq’s holy city of Najaf for a historic meeting with the country’s top Shiite cleric Saturday, and together they delivered a powerful message of peaceful coexistence in a country still reeling from…
World Mar 05Pope arrives in Iraq to rally Christians despite pandemic
Pope Francis arrived in Iraq on Friday to urge the country’s dwindling number of Christians to stay put and help rebuild the country after years of war and persecution, brushing aside the coronavirus pandemic and security concerns to make his…
World Dec 27‘Believe in science’: EU kicks off COVID-19 vaccine campaign
Doctors, nurses and the elderly rolled up their sleeves across the European Union to receive the first doses of the coronavirus vaccine Sunday in a symbolic show of unity and moment of hope for a continent confronting its worst health…
Health Dec 12Italy’s staggering virus toll poses uncomfortable questions
Italy could soon reclaim a record that nobody wants — the most coronavirus deaths in Europe — after the health care system again failed to protect the elderly and the government delayed imposing new restrictions.
World Nov 11Pope Francis vows to end sexual abuse after report on church cover-up
Pope Francis is vowing to rid the Catholic Church of sexual abuse and offering prayers to victims of former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick.
World Nov 10Vatican investigation finds Pope John Paul II, other leaders downplayed or dismissed allegations against ex-Cardinal McCarrick
A Vatican investigation into ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick has found that a series of bishops, cardinals and popes downplayed or dismissed reports that he slept with seminarians.
World Nov 02Vatican breaks silence, says pope’s civil union comments were taken out of context
The Vatican says Pope Francis’ comments on gay civil unions were taken out of context, but still confirmed Francis’ belief that gay couples should enjoy legal protections.
World Oct 22Plot thickens over origins of pope’s civil union endorsement
Questions are swirling about the origins of Pope Francis’ bombshell comments endorsing same-sex civil unions. All evidence suggests he made them in a 2019 interview that was never broadcast in its entirety.