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FaithSpeeches
Pope Francis
In his general audience today, Pope Francis introduced a new theme to his cycle of reflections: “‘The Holy Spirit and the Bride.” These reflections consider the works of the Holy Spirit in the Old Testament, the New Testament and the time of the Church, animating the mission of Christ.
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
“The pope is not homophobic and never was,” the vice president of the Italian bishops’ conference said.
FaithNews Analysis
Michael J. O’Loughlin
What do you make of a pope who has embraced the L.G.B.T.Q. Catholic community, but who reportedly used a gay slur while reiterating the church’s ban on admitting gay men to seminaries?
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
A day after news broke that Pope Francis had allegedly used a derogatory word in a private conversation with Italian bishops about gay men applying to Italian seminaries, the Vatican has issued an official response.
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
Pope Francis told the Italian bishops’ conference not to allow homosexual men to enter the seminary to train for the priesthood, according to Italian media reports.
Children cheer as they celebrate the first World Children's Day at the Olympic Stadium in Rome, Italy, May 25, 2024. (CNS photo/Lola Gomez)
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
Pope Francis decided to hold a World Children’s Day to draw global attention to the plight and suffering of so many of the world’s 2.3 billion children from poverty, war and the effects of climate change.