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Pope Francis: Traditional Marriage an ’Icon of God’s Love’

By Jason St. Amand | Wednesday Apr 2, 2014
Despite his comments on homosexuality last year, Pope Francis praised traditional marriage Wednesday in his general speech at the Vatican.

Out of the Shadows, Into the Light :: Italian Gays Bask in the ’Francis Effect’

By Kilian Melloy | Sunday Mar 30, 2014
Catholic pontiffs have been outspokenly anti-gay in recent decades. Under Pope Francis, that might be changing -- and for GLTB Catholics, life is already getting better.

Obama Looking for Kindred Spirit in Pope Francis

By Nicole Winfield | Thursday Mar 27, 2014
They speak the same economic language, focused on inequality and the plight of the underprivileged. One’s a spiritual leader; the other a political one. One’s popularity is stratospheric. The other, well, not so much.

US Lobbies Vatican for Pope Visit In 2015

By Nicole Winfield | Tuesday Mar 25, 2014
Will the Pope come to the U.S. in 2015?

Pope Sees Banner First Year, but Expectations High

By Nicole Winfield | Wednesday Mar 12, 2014
From his simple sound bites to his breaking of Vatican rules, Pope Francis has made being Catholic cool in his first year.

Vatican Hits Back at UN Committee for Abuse Report

By Nicole Windfield | Friday Feb 7, 2014
The Vatican struck back Friday at a U.N. human rights committee that issued a scathing report on sex abuse by priests, accusing it of straying beyond its mandate.

Pope Pressured to Act on Abuse After UN Rebuke

By Nicole Winfield | Thursday Feb 6, 2014
Pope Francis came under new pressure Wednesday to punish bishops who covered up for pedophile priests when a U.N. human rights panel accused the Vatican of systematically protecting its reputation instead of looking out for the safety of children.

UN Committee Blasts Vatican on Sex Abuse, Abortion

By Nicole Windfield | Wednesday Feb 5, 2014
The Vatican "systematically" adopted policies that allowed priests to rape and molest tens of thousands of children over decades, a U.N. human rights committee said, urging it to open its files on pedophiles and bishops who concealed their crimes.

Vatican Surveys Find Catholics Reject Sex Rules

By Nicole Windfield | Wednesday Feb 5, 2014
New surveys commissioned by the Vatican show that the vast majority of Catholics in Germany and Switzerland reject church teaching on contraception, sexual morality, gay unions and divorce.

Birds Attack Peace Doves Freed From Pope’s Window

Monday Jan 27, 2014
Two white doves that were released by children standing alongside Pope Francis as a peace gesture have been attacked by other birds.