VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis summoned the cardinals to Rome to discuss one of his signature themes: shifting the church’s approach on controversial topics like divorce and remarriage, cohabitation, gay marriage and contraception.
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VATICAN CITY (RNS) Anticipation is mounting for a series of closed-door discussions on Thursday and Friday, when the cardinals will hold what are expected to be frank talks about issues such as contraception, cohabitation, gay marriage and whether divorced and remarried Catholics can receive Communion.
(RNS) The emergence of punitive measures against gay people in various countries has opened a stark and public fissure among church leaders in different nations. The divisions are also raising questions about whether Pope Francis needs to take action.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) “There is no way I could have ever imagined it,” Philomena Lee said after meeting Pope Francis. Asked if she felt resentment against the church, Lee said “You can’t go through life being so unyielding; you got to forgive.”
ROME (RNS) Bogus papal statements date back to the earliest days of the church. But with the explosion of social media and self-published blogs, they have become far more frequent in recent years — and especially in recent months.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) In the first century B.C., a grassy hillside just north of what is now St. Peter’s Square was used as a burial place for local Romans. Now the Vatican is ready to let the public see what it uncovered there.
ROME (RNS) The Italian National Animal Protection Agency said that because the doves are bred in captivity and lack strong survival instincts, releasing them into the wild as is often done at the Vatican “is like condemning them to certain death.”
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The jury is still out on whether the audience with the popular pontiff would help repair Hollande’s tarnished image at home.
NEW YORK (RNS) After years of tensions with various bishops, Priests for Life founder Frank Pavone has complied with demands to straighten out the group’s finances and to become accountable to his home diocese in New York.