“For too long a time in Europe, pro-life people did not really say clearly and directly what they believe.” After years on the margins of European politics, social conservatives are learning to fight back.
Some are calling the meeting a publicity stunt, which the Vatican strongly denies.
The fact that Vatican City is just a walk across the bridge from Italy’s Parliament goes a long way to explain why Italy is still the only nation in Western Europe with no partnership rights for same-sex couples — but that may be about to change.
Twenty-six Italian women, claiming to be in relationships with Catholic priests, want the Pope to make the Catholic church’s celibacy requirement optional.
A mass co-celebrated by Pope Francis and his predecessor Benedict was watched by roughly 1 million pilgrims.
Because who doesn’t want a papal shot glass?
Pope Francis took some time out from his general audience on Wednesday to work on his selfie game.
Widely considered one of the architects of Catholic feminist theology, the 72-year-old nun and professor has often clashed with institutional leaders — including the future pope — in her fight for equality in the clergy.
Civil unions “aren’t up to the pope, they’re up to us,” the Vatican’s head of doctrine told an LGBT activist in October.
The pontiff dropped the F-bomb in Italian.
The bird said “papa” (the Italian word for “pope”) when he perched on the pontiff’s hand.
Its a bird… It’s a plane… It’s SUPERPOPE. Or, it was.
The papal gesture made a seagull and a crow very happy.
Secretary Kerry told reporters that the president is “looking forward” to meeting the pope at the Vatican.
Highlights from the new leader of the Catholic Church’s remarkable year.
As a young student in Buenos Aires, the future pope worked in a bar to support himself.
Pope Francis blessed a man with facial deformities during today’s general audience at the Vatican.
The Vatican has started its own club to bring together cricket-crazy clerics from around the world.
More than 6,000 medallions to commemorate the start of Pope Francis’s papacy bore Lesus on them.
A gallery in Rome has removed photographs of same-sex couples kissing in churches after the Vatican threatened legal action.
Plus a girl dominating her pee wee football league, a trip to the Galapagos Islands in photos, and Bill Clinton doing an impression of Bono.
“A gay person who is seeking God, who is of good will — well, who am I to judge him?”
Yes, the Vatican is offering indulgences to those who follow Pope Francis on Twitter during World Youth Day, but that’s just one small part of their social media campaign.
Because for some reason it wasn’t already. Pope Francis also will impose tough penalties for staff who leak confidential Vatican information.
Argentina, we know you love your native son, but he was all, “Are you actually kidding me, Buenos Aires?”
Pope Francis is breaking tradition to grant Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXII sainthood by the end of the year.
He made the comments during a private audience with a Latin American Catholic organization.
Pope Francis answered children’s questions at a meeting with Jesuit school students at the Vatican.
And a bunch of other hilariously weird stuff.