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Sri Lankan snap polls cast doubt on Pope’s visit

The Catholic Church in Sri Lanka on Tuesday asked the government to clarify its plans for a snap presidential election, amid fears the polls will scupper a planned visit by the Pope. Sri Lanka has not yet announced an election … Continue reading

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Pope to visit Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia in Turkey

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis will visit sites that recall Turkey’s often-tumultuous history at a cultural crossroads between continents and faiths during a three-day visit to the country next month. The Vatican announced Tuesday that Francis’ first stop on … Continue reading

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Catholic bishops scrap watered-down welcome to gays in document in sign of deep division.

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Catholic bishops scrap watered-down welcome to gays in document in sign of deep division. Religion Beliefs Society Culture Article source: Article Source

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The Vatican Backpedals on Support for Gays and Divorcees

As a Vatican assembly on the family came to a close on Saturday, bishops ditched a document believed to signal a major shift in how the Church views gays and remarried Catholics, thus rejecting the vision of Pope Francis to … Continue reading

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Vatican warns of ‘new genocide’ by IS

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican has demanded that world governments do more to prevent a possible “new genocide” in northern Iraq and Syria, and for Muslim leaders in particular to repudiate the Islamic State militants who are killing and … Continue reading

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5 Things to Know about Pope Paul VI

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis beatified Pope Paul VI on Sunday at the end of a remarkable meeting of Catholic bishops discussing family life, marriage, divorce, sex and gay unions. Paul VI oversaw the Second Vatican Council, the 1962-65 … Continue reading

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Reformist Pope Paul VI moves step away from sainthood

Vatican City (AFP) – Pope Paul VI, who banned contraception but presided over Vatican reforms in the 1960s, moved one step away from sainthood on Sunday as Pope Francis beatified him. The beatification mass took place in a sun-drenched St … Continue reading

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How Catholic synod on gays made history, even with ‘disappointing’ end

Gay advocacy groups in the United States have responded with disappointment after Pope Francis‘ attempt to extend a more welcoming hand to gays and divorced Catholics was turned aside by a synod of bishops in Rome Saturday. But some observers … Continue reading

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Pope beatifies Paul VI at remarkable synod’s end

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Sunday beatified Pope Paul VI, concluding the remarkable meeting of bishops debating family issues that drew parallels to the tumultuous reforms of the Second Vatican Council which Paul oversaw and implemented. Emeritus Pope … Continue reading

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Church should not fear change, pope says at synod close

By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis has closed an assembly of Catholic bishops that revealed deep divisions on how to respond to homosexuality and divorce, saying on Sunday the Church should not be afraid of change and … Continue reading

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