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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.

Oct 10, 2014
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Leading Vatican cardinal says Catholic Church will never bless gay marriage

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(Italian Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio at Saint Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican March 6, 2013. REUTERS/Max Rossi)

A leading Vatican cardinal said on Thursday the Roman Catholic Church will never bless gay marriage, wading into a controversy over the issue in Italy and other countries.

Oct 9, 2014

Cardinal says Catholic Church will never bless gay marriage

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – A leading Vatican cardinal said on Thursday the Roman Catholic Church will never bless gay marriage, wading into a controversy over the issue in Italy and other countries.

On Tuesday, Italian Interior Minister Angelino Alfano ordered mayors to stop recognizing the validity of gay marriages performed outside the country, prompting protests from rights groups and local officials.

Oct 9, 2014

Italy’s prime minister wins labor reform confidence vote

ROME (Reuters) – Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi won the most important parliamentary confidence vote of his eight-month-old government early on Thursday on a labor reform proposal he hopes will boost his EU credentials.

Renzi won the vote in the upper house Senate 165-111. He would have had to step down if he had lost. The vote, expected in the afternoon, was delayed late into the night after a day of raucous stonewalling by opposition parties. The legislation now goes to the lower house Chamber of Deputies.

Oct 8, 2014

Italy’s Renzi faces confidence vote over labor reform

ROME (Reuters) – Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi faces the most important parliamentary confidence vote of his eight-month-old government on Wednesday, asking coalition partners to back labor reforms in a move he hopes will boost his EU credentials.

The vote, which Renzi is expected to win, will be held in the upper house Senate in the late afternoon. He would have to step down if he loses.