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Best International Destinations For The Holidays

Here’s a look at five of the best international destinations for the holidays.

11/28/2014

Pope Francis (R) leads a mass honouring the canonisation of two Canadian saints, having previously celebrated a mass for Saint Jose, in St. Peter's basilica at the Vatican on October 12, 2014. (VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images)

Meeting Of Catholic Bishops Signals Growing Acceptance For LGBT Members

The meeting – known as a synod – was called by Pope Francis to discuss hot-button issues such as same-sex unions, divorce and birth control. No formal decisions were reached Monday, but CBS News reports that the tone of initial reports coming out of the two-day meeting indicate a major shift from condemnation to acceptance, including a call to recognize the positive aspects of civil unions and the potential benefits from establishing commitments from the gay community to the church.

10/13/2014

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

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

Pope Francis I. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

Pope Francis Tells Catholic Church To Stop Obsessing Over 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.

09/20/2013

Pope Francis gestures as he answers reporters questions during a news conference aboard the papal flight on the journey back from Brazil, Monday, July 29, 2013. (LUCA ZENNARO/AFP/Getty Images/Pool)

Gay Leaders Encouraged By Pope’s Comments On Gays

Pope Francis reached out to gays on Monday. “If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?” Francis asked. “We shouldn’t marginalize people for this. They must be integrated into society.”

07/29/2013

Rev. Michael Barber

Pope Francis Appoints New Bishop Of Oakland Diocese

Pope Francis Friday appointed the Rev. Michael Barber to be the next bishop of the Diocese of Oakland.

05/03/2013

Newly-elected Pope Francis I (Argentinian Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio) appears on the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica on March 13, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. (Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

Bay Area’s Pelosi, Eshoo Join Vice President For Pope’s Installation

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Congresswoman Anna Eshoo are joining Vice President Joe Biden on his trip to the Vatican for the installation Mass of Pope Francis next week.

03/15/2013

Pope Francis, Argentinian cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, 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.  (Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images)

Bay Area College Students Get Firsthand Look At New Pope

A group of Bay Area college students got the chance of a lifetime, getting a first hand look as the new pope was introduced to the world at the Vatican on Wednesday.

03/14/2013

Newly elected Pope Francis I appears on the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica on March 13, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. Argentinian Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected as the 266th Pontiff and will lead the world's 1.2 billion Catholics.  (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

Bay Area Catholics Welcome New Pope Who Shares San Francisco’s Namesake

Bay Area Catholics reacted with surprise, joy and cheers on Wednesday at news that Argentine cardinal Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio had become the first pope from the Americas.

03/13/2013

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