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Two altar-boys light a candle. (Photo credit: JANEK SKARZYNSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Boys Only: SF Catholic Priest Says Girls Not Allowed To Serve At Altar In His Church

A priest at a San Francisco Catholic church has both his supporters and critics over his decision to only allow boys to serve at the altar leaving girls to serve in other ways he’s deemed as more appropriate.

01/27/2015

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Peeved Parishioners Leaving SF Catholic Church Over Ban On Girls As Altar Servers

A Bay Area church is now under fire over a controversial new policy saying only boys can be altar servers.

01/23/2015

Pope Francis delivers a speech during a meeting with youth of the diocese on July 5, 2014 in Castelpetroso, southern Italy, as part of his one day visit in the Molise region. (Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty Images)

Pope Francis To Canonize Junipero Serra, Founder Of California’s Missions

The Franciscan friar who founded many of California’s missions in the late 1700s will be canonized by Pope Francis during his trip to the United States later this year.

01/15/2015

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Drive-Thru God?: Fremont Church Offers Prayer Service For Those On-The-Go

Starting Monday, from 5 to 6 p.m., the Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Fremont will be holding drive-through prayers.

11/17/2014

A historic crucifix that survived a 4-alarm fire at Holy Cross Catholic Church in San Jose. (photo credit: Matt Bigler)

Crucifix, Virgin Mary Statue Unscathed In Fire That Destroyed 100-Year-Old San Jose Church; Parishioners Call It A Miracle

A nearly century-old church in San Jose was destroyed by fire Sunday, but parishioners found reason to rejoice Monday when they discovered the Lady of Guadalupe and the crucifix had survived the blaze.

11/17/2014

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Vatican Official Calls Brittany Maynard’s Cancer-Driven Suicide ‘Reprehensible’

A top ethics official at the the Vatican calls the decision of a former San Francisco woman who to end her own life rather than play out her battle with terminal brain cancer “reprehensible.”

11/04/2014

Sean Penn as Harvey Milk

Catholic University Halts Screening Of ‘Milk’ About Assassinated San Francisco Gay Rights Leader

A student group at Catholic University postponed a screening of a movie about San Francisco gay rights pioneer Harvey Milk after school officials raised questions about a flier linking the event to LGBT awareness month.

10/03/2014

Pope Francis delivers a speech during a meeting with youth of the diocese on July 5, 2014 in Castelpetroso, southern Italy, as part of his one day visit in the Molise region. (Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty Images)

Pope Francis Asks Forgiveness For Clergy Sex Abuse, Vows To Hold Bishops Accountable For Shielding Pedophile Priests

Pope Francis begged forgiveness Monday in his first meeting with Catholics sexually abused by members of the clergy and went further than any of his predecessors by vowing to hold bishops accountable for their handling of pedophile priests.

07/07/2014

The Conclave Of Cardinals Have Elected A New Pope To Lead The World's Catholics

Vatican Reviewing Catholic Stance On Gay Marriage, Contraception; Calls For Being ‘Less Judgmental’

As San Francisco explodes with revelers celebrating the gay lifestyle, on Thursday the Vatican discussed less judgmental language regarding gay unions and the gay lifestyle, in addition to conceding that most Catholics reject its teachings on sex and contraception as intrusive and irrelevant.

06/27/2014

Nude activist Gypsy Taub is arrested by San Francisco police officers as he protests San Francisco's new ban on nudity at San Francisco City Hall on February 1, 2013 in San Francisco, California. At least four nude activists were arrested as they protested San Francisco's new ban on nudity in public places. The measure proposed by Supervisor Scott Wiener is being challenged by activists who call the ordinance unfair because it grants exceptions for nudity at permitted public events. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Nudist Claims Catholic Saint Francis Embraced Body Freedom, Plans Naked March To Religious Shrine

Catholic clergy don their heavy black vestments every day, even covering their head with hoods and habits, but nude activist Gypsy Taub claims a pillar of the Catholic faith embraced nakedness, and is planning a naked march to the National Shrine of Saint Francis to make her point.

06/19/2014

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