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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

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

Gov. Brown Pleased New Pope Is A Jesuit

California Gov. Jerry Brown, who trained as a Jesuit, said Wednesday that he is pleased to see a Jesuit elected pope.

03/13/2013

New Pope, 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)

New Pope Brings Conservative Views On Same-Sex Marriage, Abortion

Bergoglio is known to be conservative on spiritual issues. He opposes abortion, same-sex marriage and supports celibacy. However, according to the National Cathedral Reporter’s John Allen, “he’s no defender of clerical privilege, or insensitive to pastoral realities.”

03/13/2013

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)

Argentine Cardinal Elected Pope; 1st From The Americas

Argentine Jorge Bergoglio has been elected pope, the first ever from the Americas and the first from outside Europe in more than a millennium. He chose the name Pope Francis.

03/13/2013

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

PHOTOS: Pope Francis I

Newly elected Pope Francis I speaks to the waiting crowd from the central balcony of St Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican City & will lead the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics…

03/13/2013