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Bishops revise document on gays, expect approval

Pope Francis talks to prelates as he arrives at the morning session of a two-week synod on family issues at the Vatican, Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. AP

Catholic bishops predicted widespread approval in a vote Saturday evening of a revised document laying out the church’s position on gays, sex, marriage and divorce, saying the report was a “balanced” reflection of church teaching and pastoral needs.

Posted: October 19th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Pope, prelates get crash course in the joys of sex


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.

Posted: October 9th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

5 things to know about the Vatican’s family synod

Pope Francis arrives to lead a memorial mass at the military cemetary for World War I soldiers at Redipuglia, near Gorizia, northern Italy, on September 13. AFP

Pope Francis on Sunday opens a two-week meeting of bishops and cardinals from around the world aimed at making the church’s teaching on family life — marriage, sex, contraception, divorce and homosexuality — relevant to today’s Catholic families.

Posted: October 4th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Baghdad blast turns wedding joy into funeral grief

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Raghda Yaqub was just days away from marriage, but a bombing in east Baghdad meant the 24-year-old Iraqi was buried wearing her wedding dress instead.

Posted: September 15th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

40 ‘I do’s’ at Vatican as Pope marries 20 couples

Newly married couples attend a wedding ceremony led by Pope Francis  in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014.  AP

Forty “I do’s” — or “Si” in Italian — have been pronounced in St. Peter’s Basilica as Pope Francis married 20 couples, with one bride already a mother.

Posted: September 14th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »