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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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Criticism, praise follows Catholic Church’s gays decision

Vatican City (AFP) – Activists lashed out Sunday at the Catholic Church’s failure at a major synod to open its doors to gay people, but praised Pope Francis for getting bishops to confront “taboos.” After two weeks of fierce debate, … Continue reading

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Vatican and Vietnam edge closer to restoring diplomatic ties

Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung met Pope Francis in Rome Saturday with both saying they were committed to restoring diplomatic relations. The country’s communist regime broke off diplomatic ties with the Vatican in 1975, but both sides have been … Continue reading

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Catholic bishops drop moves to accept gays

By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Roman Catholic bishops on Saturday reversed a historic acceptance of gays, dropping parts of a controversial document that had talked more positively of homosexuals than ever before in Church history. The document, issued … Continue reading

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Setback for pope as synod fails to agree on gays, divorcees

Vatican City (AFP) – Roman Catholic bishops on Saturday failed to reach a consensus on opening the Church’s doors to remarried divorcees and gays after a special synod on the family, in a blow to Pope Francis. Vatican spokesman Federico … Continue reading

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The Vatican’s New Stance Toward Gays and Divorcees

In a document released on Monday, the Vatican took the first steps toward reforming its approach to long-taboo topics within the Catholic Church: homosexuality, divorce, and premarital sex. For seven days, top Church leaders have been gathered in Rome at … Continue reading

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Pope faces key test with vote on divorcees, gays

Vatican City (AFP) – Pope Francis was set to sort his allies from his enemies Saturday with a Vatican vote on a document drafted at the end of a fierce two-week debate over opening the Catholic Church’s doors to remarried … Continue reading

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Site for Greek church near WTC gets blessing

NEW YORK (AP) — Greek Orthodox Church officials have gathered in lower Manhattan for a blessing of the site where a church that was destroyed in the Sept. 11 terror attacks will be rebuilt. The ceremony is being held Saturday … Continue reading

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Vatican to limit Sistine Chapel visitors to protect fragile frescoes

By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – The Vatican will restrict the number of visitors to the Sistine Chapel to 6 million a year to protect Michelangelo’s delicate frescoes from damage caused by ever-growing crowds of tourists, an official said … Continue reading

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