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Pope Criticizes Church Emphasis On Abortion, Gays

Signaling a dramatic shift in Vatican tone, Pope Francis said the Catholic Church had become obsessed by “small-minded rules” about how to be faithful and that pastors should instead emphasize compassion over condemnation when discussing divisive social issues of abortion, gays and contraception.

09/19/2013

Archbishop of Washington cardinal Donald Wuerl. (credit: Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

D.C.’s Archbishop Returns After Selection of Pope Francis

Washington’s Archbishop, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, has returned from Rome, where he took part in the papal conclave.

03/20/2013

Jorge Mario Bergoglio attends his first Mass with cardinals as Pope Francis in the Sistine Chapel on March 14, 2013 in Vatican City. (credit: Servizio Fotografico L'Osservatore Romano via Getty Images)

Pope Francis Previously Accused Of Involvement In Kidnappings Of 2 Argentine Priests In 1976

As the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics continue to celebrate the election of Pope Franics I, questions about his past in Argentina are beginning to bubble up.

03/15/2013

Argentina's Jorge Bergoglio, elected Pope Francis I, appears at the window of St Peter's Basilica's balcony after being elected the 266th pope of the Roman Catholic Church on March 13, 2013 at the Vatican. (credit: VINCENZO PINTO,VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images)

Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio From Argentina Elected New Pope

Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio from Argentina has been elected the new leader of the Catholic Church.

03/13/2013

Despite the openness of American cardinals to the media, the likeliness of a U.S. pope is very slim. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

U.S. Cardinals Dominate Media Attention In ‘Silent’ Vatican, Diminish Likelihood Of American Pope

The two American cardinals sat on the stage, microphones in hand, fielding questions from the world’s news media on everything from the delayed arrival of some of their colleagues to their own wardrobe choices if elected pope.

03/05/2013

ROME, ITALY - FEBRUARY 28:  A helicopter carrying Pope Benedict XVI passes St Peter's Basilica as he leaves Vatican City on February 28, 2013 in Rome, Italy. The Pontiff is flying to Castel Gandolfo where he will cease to be Pope at 8:00pm local time. Pope Benedict XVI has been the leader of the Catholic Church for eight years and is the first Pope to retire since 1415. He will stay at the Papal Summer residence of Castel Gandolfo until renovations are complete at a monastery in the grounds of the Vatican and will be known as  Roman pontiff emeritus or pope emeritus.  (Credit: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

Pope Leaves Vatican For Last Time As Leader Of Catholic Church

Pope Benedict XVI has left the Vatican as the leader of the Catholic Church for the last time.

02/28/2013

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Pope Benedict XVI Successor May Be First Non-European Supreme Pontiff

Many believe the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI will usher in a major racial shift atop the church.

02/11/2013

File photo of a priest wearing a collar. (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

Feds: ‘Monsignor Meth’ Dealt Drug, Bought Sex Shop

To onlookers, Monsignor Kevin Wallin’s fall from grace at his Connecticut parish was like something out of “Breaking Bad,” the television series about a high school chemistry teacher who becomes a methamphetamine lord.

01/26/2013

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Opinion: Churches Shouldn’t Be The Next Super PACs

It is time to end the tax exempt status of religious organizations that advocated for a partisan candidate.

11/13/2012

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Maryland Priest Defends Decision To Deny Communion To Lesbian At Funeral

A Gaithersburg priest is defending his decision to deny Communion to a woman at a funeral Mass because she is a lesbian. The priest has since been suspended.

03/15/2012

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