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Opinion: Questions of Faith

My father’s mother was a Christian Scientist and his dad was a mainstream Protestant. The family was a little surprised when my dad converted to Catholicism when he returned home after World War II. When my dad explained his reasoning, though, they understood. My father was a Ranger in the South Pacific. He and his

Religion

Pope’s civil union words spark reactions around the globe

Across the globe, Pope Francis’ comments endorsing same-sex civil unions were received by some as encouragement for an advancing struggle and condemned by others as an earth-shaking departure from church doctrine. In the Philippines, officials saw the potential for political change in the wake of the pope’s words. In Zimbabwe, activists for equal rights applauded

Religion

Francis becomes 1st pope to endorse same-sex civil unions

Pope Francis became the first pontiff to endorse same-sex civil unions in comments for a documentary that premiered Wednesday, sparking cheers from gay Catholics and demands for clarification from conservatives, given the Vatican’s official teaching on the issue. The papal thumbs-up came midway through the feature-length documentary “Francesco,” which premiered at the Rome Film Festival.

International

What happens when pandemic locks down a globe-trotting pope?

On the March day that Italy recorded its single biggest jump in coronavirus fatalities, Pope Francis emerged from lockdown to offer an extraordinary prayer and plea to his flock to reassess their priorities, arguing the virus had proved they needed one another. Francis’ words from the rain-slicked promenade of St. Peter’s Basilica encapsulated the core

International

Pope: Rich can’t get priority for vaccine, poor need help

Pope Francis warned against any prospect that rich people would get priority for a coronavirus vaccine. “The pandemic is a crisis. You don’t come out of it the same — either better or worse,″ Francis said, adding improvised remarks to his planned speech for his weekly public audience. “We must come out better” from the

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