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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.