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Elton John at AIDS Event: Pope Francis is My Hero

RELIGION | By Mesfin Fekadu | Oct 29
Elton John has called Pope Francis "my hero" for his compassion and push to accept gays in the Catholic church, at his annual AIDS benefit.

Pope Beatifies Paul VI at Remarkable Synod's End

RELIGION | By Nicole Winfield | Oct 20
Pope Francis on Sunday beatified Pope Paul VI, concluding the remarkable meeting of bishops debating family issues that drew parallels to the tumultuous reforms of the Second Vatican Council which Paul oversaw and implemented.

Bishops Scrap Welcome to Gays in Sign of Split

INTERNATIONAL | By Nicole Winfield and Daniela Petroff | Oct 19
Catholic bishops scrapped their landmark welcome to gays Saturday, showing deep divisions at the end of a two-week meeting sought by Pope Francis to chart a more merciful approach to ministering to Catholic families.

Vatican Mystery: Where Did Gay Welcome Originate?

RELIGION | By Nicole Winfield | Oct 16
Just where did the authors of a draft report come up with such ground-breaking language that gays had gifts to offer the church and that even homosexual partnerships had merit?

Vatican Alters Draft Report Translation About Gays

RELIGION | Oct 16
The contentious debate over the Vatican's ground-breaking overture to gays has taken a new twist.

Gay Rights Groups Hail New Catholic Tone

RELIGION | By Nicole Winfield | Oct 10
Gay rights groups are cautiously cheering a shift in tone from the Catholic Church, encouraged that Pope Francis' famous "Who am I to judge?" position has filtered down to bishops debating family issues at a Vatican meeting this week.

Pope and Prelates Get Crash Course in Joys of Sex

RELIGION | By Nicole Winfield | Oct 7
Pope Francis, cardinals and bishops from around the world have gotten an unexpected lecture on the joys of sex, from a Catholic couple brought in to talk about what makes a marriage last.

Pope Seeks Frank, Fearless Debate on Family Issues

RELIGION | By Nicole Winfield | Oct 6
Pope Francis urged bishops on Monday to speak their minds without fear about contentious issues like contraception, gays, marriage and divorce at the start of a two-week meeting aimed at making the church's teaching on family matters relevant.

Pope to Focus on Grandparents After Newlyweds

RELIGION | By Nicole Winfield | Sep 16
First, Pope Francis married 20 couples to highlight the role of families as the heart of the Catholic Church. Next up is a special Mass for grandparents.

Pope's Small Car Fascinates South Koreans

INTERNATIONAL | By YoukYung Lee | Aug 14
Pope Francis' choice of wheels during his five-day South Korean visit has surprised many in this painfully self-conscious country, where big-shots rarely hit the streets in anything but expensive luxury cars.

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