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Ahead Of Pope’s Visit To US, Some Friction Over LGBT Issues

The World Meeting of Families, the central religious event of Pope Francis’ first visit to the United States, is intended to convey a message of love and joy as it seeks to promote church teaching on marriage. Yet four weeks away from its opening in Philadelphia, friction is mounting as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Roman Catholics lobby for a broader role in the event and organizers move to limit them.

08/26/2015

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 Says Divorce Can Be ‘Morally Necessary’ For Some Couples

In sharp contrast to generations of Catholic teachings, Pope Francis reportedly conceded Wednesday that some couples are simply better off divorced.

06/25/2015

Pope Francis speaks during his general audience at St Peter's square on May 13, 2015 at the Vatican. (VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images)

Saint Mary’s College President: Pope Francis Connects Poverty, Ecology In Climate Change Manifesto

Dr. James Donohue, president of St. Mary’s College in Moraga, takes a closer look at Pope Francis’ encyclical where he calls for action on climate change and the environment.

06/22/2015

Pope Francis speaks during his general audience at St Peter's square on May 13, 2015 at the Vatican. (VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images)

Pope Francis’ Encyclical On The Environment Gets Early Praise From Bay Area Catholics

Pope Francis on Thursday issued a strong warning on climate change in his latest document, urging the world to deal with the problem now. The document, called an encyclical, has received early praise among Catholics in the Bay Area.

06/18/2015

Pope Francis waves at the faithful on St. Peter's square on April 15, 2014 after his weekly general audience at the Vatican. (Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/Getty Images)

Global Warming Turning Earth Into ‘Immense Pile Of Filth,’ Pope Says In Radical Manifesto

Francis framed climate change as an urgent moral issue to address in his eagerly anticipated encyclical, blaming global warming on an unfair, fossil fuel-based industrial model that harms the poor most.

06/18/2015

Pope Francis speaks during his general audience at St Peter's square on May 13, 2015 at the Vatican. (VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images)

Pope: God Will Judge You On Whether You Cared For Earth

Pope Francis warned the rich and powerful on Tuesday that God will judge them on whether they fed the poor and cared for the Earth, his latest exhortation on the environment ahead of his eagerly-awaited encyclical on climate change and its effects on the world’s most vulnerable.

05/13/2015

Youths unfurl the Armenian flag during a ceremony on April 24, 2015 at the Memorial of the Armenian Genocide in Marseille, as part of the Armenian genocide centenary commemoration. (BORIS HORVAT/AFP/Getty Images)

100th Anniversary Of Armenian Genocide Commemorated At San Francisco City Hall

San Francisco City Hall will be lit up in the colors of the Armenian flag Friday to mark the centennial of the Armenian genocide under the Ottoman Empire.

04/24/2015

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone (Archdiocese of SF)

Bay Area Catholics Rally Around Archbishop, Say He’s Unfairly Portrayed

The controversial head of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco has some very public critics, but now he has some equally public defenders. A new group of San Francisco Catholics has formed to support Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone.

04/17/2015

Pope Francis waves at the faithful on St. Peter's square on April 15, 2014 after his weekly general audience at the Vatican. (Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/Getty Images)

Pope’s iPad Engraved ‘His Holiness Francisco’ Sells For Over $30K

A mystery buyer is now the proud new owner of the Pope’s iPad.

04/15/2015

Pope Francis waves at the faithful on St. Peter's square on April 15, 2014 after his weekly general audience at the Vatican. (Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/Getty Images)

UN Chief To Open Vatican Climate Change Conference

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will open a key Vatican meeting this month on Pope Francis’ highly anticipated teaching document on climate change.

04/15/2015

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