• Pope Francis sends mixed signals on civil unions for gay couples

    Pope Francis sends mixed signals on civil unions for gay couples

    • Jan 27, 2016

    Last weekend, tens of thousands of Italians took to at least 100 piazzas up and down the country to demonstrate their support for a measure currently before the Italian parliament, and backed by the governing center-left majority, to provide civil unions for same-sex couples along with full adoption rights. On

  • Italy is divided over the effort to legalize civil unions for gays

    Italy is divided over the effort to legalize civil unions for gays

    • Jan 26, 2016

    ROME — Six years ago, Andrea Rubera married his partner in Canada, where the couple later became parents of three young children. But when they returned to their native Italy, a transformation occurred. Rubera suddenly became a single man, and his legally recognized husband in Canada became his single male

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  • Pope says violence and tragedy shouldn't define 2015

    Pope says violence and tragedy shouldn't define 2015

    • Dec 31, 2015

    ROME — In his final public utterance of 2015, Pope Francis on Thursday insisted that the unmistakable brutality and horrors of the past year, often “weighed down by private interests, by an insatiable thirst for power, and by gratuitous violence,” were nevertheless not the last word. “How many great gestures

  • Italy’s smog crisis may embolden Pope Francis on the environment

    Italy’s smog crisis may embolden Pope Francis on the environment

    • Dec 29, 2015

    ROME — If all politics is, indeed, local, then one probably shouldn’t expect Pope Francis’ focus on the environment and climate change to diminish anytime soon, as his own backyard in Rome and across Italy struggles with one of its most pronounced ecological crises in recent memory. A combination of

  • Pope Francis says Catholics must be open to change

    Pope Francis says Catholics must be open to change

    • Nov 10, 2015

    Pope Francis offered a sweeping summary of his vision for the Catholic Church on Tuesday, telling a gathering of Italian Catholics in Florence that the Church must be open to change while rejecting a “controlling, hard, and prescriptive” style. “… It is not useful to search for solutions in conservatism

  • Francis' Pastoral Revolution rolls on with two big picks in Italy

    Francis' Pastoral Revolution rolls on with two big picks in Italy

    • Oct 27, 2015

    Many Catholics have a gut instinct that something revolutionary is afoot in the Church under Pope Francis, but for many, its precise contours remain a bit unclear. Perhaps one way to phrase it is that Francis is leading a “Pastoral Revolution.” The pontiff has insisted that he has no intention