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Pope to Sex Abuse Victims: I Beg Your Forgiveness

By Frances D’emilio | Monday Jul 7, 2014
Pope Francis begged forgiveness Monday from the victims of clergy sex abuse as he held his first meeting with several abuse survivors - but another victim called the gathering nothing more than "a PR event."

Elton John: Jesus Would Support Gay Marriage

By Jason St. Amand | Monday Jun 30, 2014
Sir Elton John told Sky News last weekend that he believes Jesus Christ would back same-sex marriage.

Pope Francis Denounces Mafia

Monday Jun 23, 2014
Pope Francis journeyed Saturday to the heart of Italy’s biggest crime syndicate, met the father of a 3-year-old boy slain in the region’s drug war, and declared that all mobsters are automatically excommunicated from the Catholic Church.

Pope Francis Won’t Marry Gays But Will Baptize Aliens

By Jason St. Amand | Tuesday May 13, 2014
Pope Francis may be still wrestling with his views on same-sex marriage and the LGBT community but one thing is certain: He will baptize a Xenomorph, E.T., Marvin the Martian, Chewbacca, Yoda and Mr. Spock, should they come to the Vatican and ask.

Pope Francis to Hold Meeting on Gay Marriage

By Jason St. Amand | Thursday May 1, 2014
Pope Francis is calling for a meeting in October with other Catholic Church officials to discuss the Church’s teachings on hot button issues, including gay marriage, contraception and divorce.

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.