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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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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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