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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

Rev. Salvatore Cordileone

Mayor Lee Asks SF’s Archbishop To Refrain From Speaking At National March For Traditional Marriage

San Francisco’s Roman Catholic Archbishop is one of the headline speakers at a national march for traditional marriage next week in Washington, but local politicians are asking him not to go.

06/11/2014

A Christian holding a crucifix praying beads (Saif Dahlah/AFP/Getty Images)

Bishop O’Dowd High School Teacher Among 3 Let Go Over Morality Contract

Instead of signing the morality contract enacted by the Diocese of Oakland, Bishop O’Dowd teacher Kathleen Purcell crossed out portions of it, and will be let go after graduation this year.

05/21/2014

Jessica Urbina's senior photo that will not be printed in the yearbook nor shown at graduation because of her wardrobe choice. (Michael Urbina)

Bow Tie-Wearing Classmates Support SF Catholic Schoolgirl After Tuxedo Photo Pulled From Yearbook

Students at a San Francisco Catholic school showed up to class Friday wearing bowties and ties in solidarity with a senior who had her yearbook photo pulled because she was wearing a tuxedo.

05/16/2014

A Christian holding a crucifix praying beads (Saif Dahlah/AFP/Getty Images)

Instructor Reportedly Quitting Over Oakland Catholic School Morality Pledge

Teachers at Catholic schools in the East Bay were recently asked to sign a morality pledge covering their lives beyond the school walls as part of their next contract. As a result, it now looks like at least one member of the staff at Bishop O’Dowd High School won’t be returning next year.

05/16/2014

Father Hector Cora (St. James Parish/Diocese of Sacramento)

NorCal Roman Catholic Priest Arrested For Alleged Statutory Rape Of Teenage Girl

A Roman Catholic priest in Northern California has been arrested for allegedly engaging in a sexual relationship with a teenage girl he befriended while working at a Davis church.

05/12/2014

A Christian holding a crucifix praying beads (Saif Dahlah/AFP/Getty Images)

Catholic School Teachers At Diocese Of Oakland Required To Sign Morality Pledge Covering Personal Life

A spokesman for the Diocese of Oakland told the San Francisco Chronicle teachers are being required to sign a new contract by Friday that says they conform to church teachings outside the workplace.

05/09/2014

Canonization Ceremony

Francis Presides Over Historic Day Of 4 Popes At Canonization Ceremony

Pope Francis declared Popes John XXIII and John Paul II saints before some 800,000 people on Sunday in an unprecedented ceremony made even more historic by the presence of emeritus Pope Benedict XVI in St. Peter’s Square.

04/27/2014

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