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Catholics Cheer Pope’s Remarks on Gays, Abortion

By Karen Matthews | Sep 23
Catholics attending Sunday services around the globe said they were heartened by Pope Francis’ recent remarks that the church has become too focused on "small-minded rules" on hot-button issues like homosexuality, abortion and contraceptives.

Pope Confirms "Gay Lobby" at Work at Vatican

By Nicole Winfield | Jun 11
Pope Francis lamented that a "gay lobby" was at work at the Vatican in private remarks to the leadership of a key Latin American church group - a stunning acknowledgment that may confirm earlier reports about corruption and dysfunction in the Holy See.

Pope Francis: A Humble Image, But Complex Past

By Brian Murphy and Michael Warren | Mar 14
While Jorge Bergolio has some political baggage, including questions over his role during a military dictatorship in Argentina in the 1970s, the selection of the 76-year-old archbishop reflected a series of history-making decisions by fellow cardinals.

Black Smoke From Chapel Chimney: No Pope Yet

By Nicole Winfield | Mar 12
Black smoke poured from the Sistine Chapel chimney on Tuesday, signaling that cardinals had failed on their first vote of the papal conclave to choose a new leader for the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics and their troubled church.

Pope Watch :: Conclave to Elect Next Pope Opens Amid Uncertainty

By Nicole Winfield | Mar 12
There is no front-runner or indication who will be the next pope as cardinals enter the Sistine Chapel on Tuesday to elect the next Holy Father.

After Resignation, Media Speculates Over Pope’s Orientation,

By Jason St. Amand | Mar 1
Out Catholic blogger Andrew Sullivan speculates over Pope Benedict XVI’s bond with his longtime and sexy aide, when it was revealed that the two men would remain close after the papal resigns.

Pope, in Final Message, Says He’s a Simple Pilgrim

By Frances D’Emilio and Nicole Winfield | Feb 28
Benedict XVI greeted the faithful for the last time as pope on Thursday, telling tearful well-wishers that he is beginning the final stage of his life as "simply a pilgrim," hours before he becomes the first pontiff in 600 years to resign.

UK’s Accused Cardinal Resigns Post as Archbishop

By Gregory Katz and Nicole Winfield | Feb 25
Cardinal Keith O’Brien, Britain’s highest-ranking Catholic leader, said he wouldn’t take part in the conclave to elect the next pope after being accused of improper conduct with priests.

With Resignation of Pope, LGBTs Hope for True Dialogue on Rights

By Andrew Clark | Feb 25
With the unexpected resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, some in the LGBT community expressed the hope that the Church would engage in a meaningful conversation about LGBT rights. Others aren’t as optimistic.

Vatican Blasts ’False’ Pre-Conclave Reporting

By Nicole Winfield | Feb 25
The Vatican lashed out Saturday at the media for what it said has been a run of defamatory and false reports before the conclave to elect Pope Benedict XVI’s successor, saying they were an attempt to influence the election.

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