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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.

Oct 7, 2014
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Pope Francis ditches Latin as official language of Vatican synod

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(The legendary Latin orator Cicero addresses the Roman Senate ┬áin 63 BC/”Cicero Accuses Catiline” by Cesare Maccari, 1888, now in Palazzo Madama in Rome)

In a break with the past, Pope Francis has decided that Latin will not be the official language of a worldwide gathering of bishops at the Vatican.

Oct 6, 2014
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Pope Francis, opening Catholic gathering at Vatican, tells bishops to speak frankly

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(Pope Francis leads the synod of bishops in Paul VI’s hall at the Vatican October 6, 2014. REUTERS/Claudio Peri/Pool )

Pope Francis on Monday opened a Roman Catholic assembly that will discuss marriage, gay couples, birth control and other moral issues, telling his bishops to speak frankly and not be afraid of upsetting him.

Oct 6, 2014

Pope, opening Catholic gathering, tells bishops to speak frankly

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis on Monday opened a Roman Catholic assembly that will discuss marriage, gay couples, birth control and other moral issues, telling his bishops to speak frankly and not be afraid of upsetting him.

After a ceremonial opening on Sunday, some 200 bishops from around the world sat with the pope in a Vatican hall to begin the working sessions of the two-week synod, which is centered on the theme of the family and could help define Francis’ papacy.

Oct 5, 2014

Pope opens synod with call for bishops to stop in-fighting

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis opened a global Roman Catholic assembly on Sunday showing his apparent irritation with Church leaders who have waged a sometimes bitter public battle between progressives and conservatives on family issues.

The synod is the first since Francis’s election 19 months ago with a mandate to turn around an institution hit by declining membership in many countries and scandals including the sexual abuse of children by priests and irregularities in Vatican finances.

Oct 2, 2014
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Vatican family synod will be a test case for Pope Francis’ papacy

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(Pope Francis waves as he leaves at the end of his weekly audience in Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican October 1, 2014. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

A global assembly of Roman Catholic bishops is shaping up as the first major showdown of Pope Francis’s papacy, with conservative and progressive cardinals trading insults ahead of its start on Sunday.

Oct 2, 2014

Vatican meeting a test case for Pope Francis’ papacy

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – A global assembly of Roman Catholic bishops is shaping up as the first major showdown of Pope Francis’s papacy, with conservative and progressive cardinals trading insults ahead of its start on Sunday.

The two-week synod on the theme of the family will be attended by more than 250 people — nearly all of them bishops of the 1.2 billion-member Church and also 13 married couples.