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Pope defends marriage, hetero couples after gay priest bombshell

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Sunday defended marriage and heterosexual couples as he opened a synod on the family overshadowed by a challenge to Vatican orthodoxy by a gay priest.

Vatican fury as top priest comes out on eve of bishops meet

Vatican City - The Vatican reacted furiously on Saturday after a Polish priest employed as a senior official publicly declared his homosexuality on the eve of a bishops' synod set to touch on the divisive issue of the Catholic Church's relationship to gay believers.

Catholic bishops poised to clash over divorce and gays at synod

Vatican City - Catholic bishops are congregating in Rome for three weeks of debate on the family that could radically reshape the Church's approach to the divisive issues of divorce and homosexuality.

Pope says those who hid sex abuse by priests 'are guilty'

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Monday unambiguously said Church officials who covered up sexual abuse "are guilty" of wrongdoing, as he returned home after a triumphant trip to the United States where he held emotional talks with child abuse survivors.

Pope declares Junípero Serra, who enslaved Indians, a saint

Washington - The Pope's canonization of 18th century Spanish missionary Father Junípero Serra has outraged indigenous Californians, who point to the forced labor, beatings and forced religious conversions of their ancestors as proof that he is no saint.

Pope prepares to take US bow after Cuba stopover

Vatican City - Pope Francis headed to Cuba Saturday on the first leg of his most high-profile trip to date, which will also take him to the United States -- highlighting his role in mediating the former Cold War foes' historic thaw.

Pope Francis puts up Syrian refugee family

Vatican City - Pope Francis is putting up a Syrian refugee family from Damascus in a Vatican apartment, aides revealed Friday.

Pope visits U.S., Cuba after thawing relations between former foes

Vatican City - Pope Francis sets off on Saturday for a trip spanning communist Cuba and the spiritual home of capitalism, the United States, erstwhile bitter enemies he has helped bring closer together.

Pope Francis meeting with Fidel Castro in Cuba 'probable': Vatican

Vatican City - Pope Francis is likely to meet Fidel Castro during his upcoming trip to Cuba, the Vatican said Tuesday.

Pope to visit Kenya, Uganda, CAR on first Africa trip: Vatican

Vatican City - Pope Francis will visit Africa for the first time in November in a trip that will take him to Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic, the Vatican said Thursday.

Pope makes it easier for Catholics to annul marriages

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Tuesday made it easier, quicker and free for Catholics to have their marriages annulled in the biggest reform of the Church's approach to marital breakdown in nearly three centuries.

Communities ready to open their doors after pope's refugee appeal

Vatican City - Campaigners have warmly welcomed Pope Francis's call for every Catholic parish in Europe to take in a refugee family to help ease the continent's unprecedented migrant crisis.

Pope calls for every European parish to take in refugee family

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Sunday called on every Catholic parish in Europe to take in a refugee family, saying the Vatican's two parishes would lead by example.

Pope Francis prepares for most political trip yet

Vatican City - Pope Francis is gearing up for potentially his most politically charged trip yet, an eight-day whirlwind visit which will take him from Havana's Revolution Square in Cuba to the headquarters of the United Nations.

Pope meets Israel's Rivlin amid tensions

Vatican City - Israeli President Reuven Rivlin was received by Pope Francis for the first time Thursday in what could be seen as a bid to ease tensions raised this year by the signing of a historic first accord between the Vatican and Palestine.

'Red Cleric' defends migrants, gay rights in pope chat

Vatican City - Controversial French Bishop Jacques Gaillot, punished by the Church for his liberal views, defended the rights of homosexuals, divorced people and migrants during a personal visit with Pope Francis Tuesday.

Pope tells priests to pardon women who have abortions

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Tuesday called on priests to pardon women who have abortions during the upcoming Jubilee year -- overruling hardline traditionalists within the Catholic Church.

Vatican paedophilia suspect died of heart problems: Autopsy

Vatican City - Initial autopsy results indicate that a former Polish archbishop who would have been the first high-ranking Catholic Church official to go on trial for paedophilia died of natural causes linked to heart problems, the Vatican said Saturday.

Italian lesbian author gets papal blessing

Vatican City - Pope Francis has sent his blessing to a lesbian author of children's books dealing with same-sex families, wishing her and her wife well in their work, it emerged on Friday.

Ex-archbishop dies ahead of paedophilia trial: Vatican

Vatican City - Josef Wesolowski, a former Polish archbishop who had been due to be the first cleric tried in the Vatican for child sex abuse, has been found dead in his apartment in the city state.
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