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Oct 2, 2015

Pope did not give unconditional support to clerk in gay marriage row -Vatican

VATICAN CITY, Oct 2 (Reuters) – Pope Francis did not ask to
meet a Kentucky county clerk who had been jailed for refusing to
issue marriage licenses to gay couples and did not offer her
unconditional support, the Vatican said on Friday.

Looking to limit controversy after last week’s meeting in
Washington between the pope and Kim Davis, Vatican spokesman
Federico Lombardi said she was one of “several dozen” people who
had been invited by the Vatican ambassador to see Francis.

Sep 30, 2015

Pope’s meeting with Kentucky clerk divides public after U.S. visit

By Alex Dobuzinskis and Philip Pullella

(Reuters) – A Kentucky county clerk who had been jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples secretly met Pope Francis in a move that disappointed many liberal Catholics and encouraged officials who support her stance.

The meeting with Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, and comments by the pope on Monday, may spur action by local officials across the United States who have refused to issue marriage licenses to gay couples since the U.S. Supreme Court’s June decision to legalize same-sex marriage in all 50 states.

Sep 30, 2015

Pope secretly met Kentucky clerk over gay marriage licenses

LOS ANGELES/VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis secretly met a Kentucky county clerk who was jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples and gave her words of encouragement, her attorney said.

Mat Staver, attorney and founder of the Liberty Counsel, told CBS News on Tuesday night that the pope met Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis and her husband at the Vatican embassy in Washington last Thursday during his visit to the United States.

Sep 30, 2015

Pope secretly met Kentucky clerk in gay marriage row – lawyer

LOS ANGELES/VATICAN CITY, Sept 30 (Reuters) – Pope Francis
secretly met a Kentucky county clerk who was jailed for refusing
to issue marriage licenses to gay couples and gave her words of
encouragement, her attorney said.

Mat Staver, attorney and founder of the Liberty Counsel,
told CBS News on Tuesday night that the pope met Rowan County
Clerk Kim Davis and her husband at the Vatican embassy in
Washington last Thursday during his visit to the United States.

Sep 28, 2015

Govt workers have right to refuse gay marriage licenses -pope

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE, Sept 28 (Reuters) – Pope Francis
said on Monday government officials have a “human right” to
refuse to discharge a duty, such as issuing marriage licenses to
homosexuals, if they feel it violates their conscience.

Speaking to reporters as he returned home from a 10-day trip
to the United States and Cuba, Francis also repeated his
condemnation of priests who had sexually abused children, saying
the victims had been “crushed by evil”.

Sep 28, 2015
via FaithWorld

Pope of the people, and the politics, in historic U.S. visit

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(Pope Francis shakes hands with an inmate as he meets with prisoners at Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility in Philadelphia. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)

Pope Francis dove into some of the United States’ thorniest political debates during his historic visit by urging the world’s wealthiest nation to welcome immigrants, to end homelessness and do more to address climate change.

Sep 27, 2015

‘God weeps,’ pope says, after meeting clergy sex abuse victims

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – Pope Francis confronted the sexual abuse of children by Roman Catholic clergy on the final day of his first U.S. visit on Sunday, meeting with five adults abused as children and vowing to hold accountable those involved in the crimes and cover-ups.

The 78-year-old Argentine pope also celebrated Mass outside the Philadelphia Museum of Art, a neoclassical edifice astride a rocky hill overlooking the Schuylkill River, before hundreds of thousands of people, the largest crowd of his six-day U.S. trip.

Sep 27, 2015
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In America’s birthplace, Pope Francis gives pep talk to immigrants

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(Pope Francis rides in the popemoble while making his way to Independence Hall in Philadelphia, September 26 2015. REUTERS/Laurence Kesterson/Pool)

Pope Francis, speaking on Saturday in America’s birthplace, offered stout words of support to Hispanic and other immigrants in the United States, telling them not to be discouraged at a time when some prominent politicians are directing hostility toward them.

Sep 27, 2015

Pope to meet prisoners at end of immigration-focused U.S. visit

PHILADELPHIA, Sept 27 (Reuters) – Pope Francis was set to
meet with his bishops and a group of inmates at a Pennsylvania
prison on Sunday before saying Mass for an expected crowd of 1.5
million people on the final day of his historic visit to the
United States.

The first Latin American pope has focused his first U.S.
trip on immigration, urging Americans to lay aside their
“hostility” to newcomers and addressing adoring crowds of Latino
Catholics in his native Spanish.

Sep 27, 2015

In America’s birthplace, pope gives pep talk to immigrants

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – Pope Francis, speaking in America’s birthplace on Saturday, offered stout words of support to Hispanic and other immigrants in the United States, telling them not to be discouraged at a time when some prominent politicians are directing hostility toward them.

The 78-year-old Argentine pontiff toured Independence Hall in Philadelphia before addressing a crowd estimated at more than 40,000 outside the 18th century red brick building where basic American liberties were proclaimed and where independence from Britain was declared.