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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

Cardinals Enter the Sistine Chapel for the Conclave

After SF Cathedral Skewered For Dousing Homeless With Water, Pope Launches Homeless Tours Of Sistine Chapel

Just a week after San Francisco Catholic leaders were forced to issue an apology for installing sprinklers to douse the homeless sleeping in St. Mary’s Cathedral doorsteps, Pope Francis has gone the other direction, inviting the homeless to tour the Sistine Chapel.

03/25/2015

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)

Married And Don’t Want Kids? Pope Francis Says You’re Selfish

There’s no need to read between the lines of the latest comment hurled from the Vatican. Pope Francis called childless couples “selfish” Wednesday while speaking to his usual audience at St. Peter’s Square.

02/12/2015

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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

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

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

Pope John Paul II performs communion at Candlestick Park in 1987. (CBS)

On Eve Of Sainthood, Remembering Pope John Paul II’s ’87 Bay Area Visit And Conservative Legacy

More than a quarter century after making his lone trip the Bay Area, Pope John Paul remains an influential figure as he sits on the verge of sainthood.

04/24/2014

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