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Oct 20, 2014
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Catholic Church should not fear change, Pope Francis says at synod close

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(Pope Francis greets cardinals at the end of a mass for the beatification of former pope Paul VI in St. Peter’s square at the Vatican October 19, 2014. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

Pope Francis has closed an assembly of Catholic bishops that revealed deep divisions on how to respond to homosexuality and divorce, saying on Sunday the Church should not be afraid of change and new challenges.

Oct 19, 2014

Church should not fear change, pope says at synod close

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis on Sunday closed an assembly of Catholic bishops that revealed deep divisions on how to reach out to homosexuals and divorced people, saying the Church should not be afraid of change and new challenges.

Francis, who has said he wants a more merciful and less rigid Church, made his comments in a sermon to some 70,000 people in St. Peter’s Square for the ceremonial closing of a two-week assembly, known as a synod.

Oct 18, 2014

Vatican document on family revises language on gays

VATICAN CITY, Oct 18 (Reuters) – The final version of a
controversial Vatican document issued on Saturday radically
revised its earlier wording on homosexuals, eliminating language
that had talked more positively of them than ever before in
church history.

The document, called a “relatio”, was issued at the
conclusion of a two-week assembly, or synod, of some 200 Roman
Catholic bishops from around the world.

Oct 17, 2014
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Vatican to limit Sistine Chapel visitors to protect fragile frescoes

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(The Sistine Chapel, as former Pope Benedict XVI met with artists on November 21, 2009. Picture taken with fish-eye lens. REUTERS/Osservatore Romano)

The Vatican will restrict the number of visitors to the Sistine Chapel to 6 million a year to protect Michelangelo’s delicate frescoes from damage caused by ever-growing crowds of tourists, an official said on Thursday.

Oct 17, 2014
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Vatican waters down gay references in English translation of divisive text

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(Bishops and cardinals attend a synod of bishops at the Vatican October 6, 2014. REUTERS/Max Rossi)

The Vatican made key changes to an English translation of passages about homosexuality in a divisive document on Thursday, watering down a message that had been seen as a major shift in its tone on gay people.

Oct 16, 2014

Vatican waters down gay references in translation of divisive paper

VATICAN CITY, Oct 16 (Reuters) – The Vatican made key
changes to an English translation of passages about
homosexuality in a divisive document on Thursday, watering down
a message that had been seen as a major shift in its tone on gay
people.

The alterations pointed to continued tensions between
conservatives and progressive bishops at the closed-door
assembly, known as a synod, which is discussing family issues
such as homosexuality, divorce and birth control.

Oct 15, 2014
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Conservative Catholics want changes to Vatican document on family and gays

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(Pope Francis adjusts his cap as he leads his weekly audience in Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican October 15, 2014. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi)

Conservative Roman Catholic prelates on Tuesday vowed to change a controversial Vatican document that held out the possibility of a major shift in the Church’s attitude towards homosexuals.

Oct 15, 2014
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Vatican document challenges Catholic Church to change attitude to gays

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(Pope Francis waves as he leads his weekly audience in Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican October 8, 2014. REUTERS/Max Rossi)

In a dramatic shift in tone, a Vatican document said on Monday that homosexuals had “gifts and qualities to offer” and asked if Catholicism could accept gays and recognise positive aspects of same-sex couples.

Oct 14, 2014

Conservatives want changes to Vatican document on family, gays

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Conservative Roman Catholic prelates on Tuesday vowed to change a controversial Vatican document that held out the possibility of a major shift in the Church’s attitude towards homosexuals.

The document, issued on Monday, said homosexuals had “gifts and qualities to offer” and asked if Catholicism could accept gays and recognize positive aspects of same-sex couples.

Oct 13, 2014

Vatican document challenges Church to change attitude to gays

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – In a dramatic shift in tone, a Vatican document said on Monday that homosexuals had “gifts and qualities to offer” and asked if Catholicism could accept gays and recognize positive aspects of same-sex couples.

The document, prepared after a week of discussions at an assembly of 200 bishops on the family, said the Church should challenge itself to find “a fraternal space” for homosexuals without compromising Catholic doctrine on family and matrimony.