The Papacy

 

Pope Francis plays long game to reform Catholic Church

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VATICAN CITY - After winning praise around the world for his fresh and open style, the honeymoon period seems to be over for Pope Francis.

Pope to visit Turkey as region's Christians flee Islamic State persecution

ROME - Pope Francis will travel to Turkey next month, the Vatican said on Tuesday, his first visit to the predominantly Muslim country which has become a refuge for Christians fleeing persecution by Islamic State militants in neighbouring Syria and in Iraq.

World, 21 Oct 2014

Church should not fear change, pope says at synod close

VATICAN CITY - 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 new challenges.

World, 19 Oct 2014

Vatican waters down gay references in translation of divisive paper

VATICAN CITY - The Vatican made key changes to an English translation of passages about homosexuality in a divisive document on Thursday, watering down a message that had been seen as a major shift in its tone on gay people.

World, 17 Oct 2014

Conservatives want changes to Vatican document on family, gays

VATICAN CITY - Conservative Roman Catholic prelates on Tuesday vowed to change a controversial Vatican document that held out the possibility of a major shift in the Church's attitude towards homosexuals.

World, 14 Oct 2014

Vatican document challenges Church to change attitude to gays

VATICAN CITY - In a dramatic shift in tone, a Vatican document said on Monday that homosexuals had "gifts and qualities to offer" and asked if Catholicism could accept gays and recognise positive aspects of same-sex couples.

World, 13 Oct 2014

Pope, opening Catholic gathering, tells bishops to speak frankly

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis on Monday opened a Roman Catholic assembly that will discuss marriage, gay couples, birth control and other moral issues, telling his bishops to speak frankly and not be afraid of upsetting him.

World, 06 Oct 2014

Pope opens synod with call for bishops to stop in-fighting

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis opened a global Roman Catholic assembly on Sunday showing his apparent irritation with Church leaders who have waged a sometimes bitter public battle between progressives and conservatives on family issues.

World, 05 Oct 2014

Pope accepts resignation of British bishop after report of affair

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of a leading British Roman Catholic Bishop who acknowledged that he had broken his vows and who was believed to have had an affair with a married woman, the Vatican said on Saturday.

World, 04 Oct 2014

Pope summons Mideast envoys to Rome over Islamist advance

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis, who has expressed alarm over the rise of Islamic State militants and the plight of Christians in the Middle East, has summoned his envoys in the region to a rare meeting to discuss a response to the crisis, the Vatican said on Tuesday.

World, 30 Sep 2014

The Pope's trip to Brazil

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