Pope Francis

What did the Pope really say about civil unions?

"The footage appears to be taken from a 2019 interview with the Mexican broadcaster Televisa. But. .. the statement about civil unions was edited out, both when the interview was run in Mexico and when the Vatican itself released its own version. Then again, Afineevsky, who is himself gay, himself edited out what the Pope says next:  'That does not mean approving of homosexual acts, not in the least.'" - Veith

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Pope reiterates support for civil unions

"A documentary that premiered at the Rome Film Festival on Wednesday included Pope Francis speaking in support of legal civil unions for homosexual couples. 'Homosexual people have the right to be in a family. They are children of God....What we have to have is a civil union law; that way they are legally covered.'" - WORLD

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Acton Institute on the Pope's new encyclical: “a familiar mixture of dubious claims, strawmen, genuine insights”

"Like most social encyclicals, Fratelli Tutti addresses a hodgepodge of topics. These range from detailed analysis of contemporary populism to explorations of the meaning of kindness, reciprocity and gratuitousness.... [it] insists on the need for Christians and others to be open to learning from others.

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Rolls-Royce promotes exclusive Mass with pope — for $155,000

"Every week, thousands of Catholics from all walks of life swarm into St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican to participate in Mass with Pope Francis, who has put concern for the poor at the center of his papacy. But now, a few lucky people may have the opportunity to attend a private Mass with the pontiff. All they have to do is own a Rolls-Royce. And shell out at least $155,000." - RNS

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One year after Vatican abuse summit, survivors grade Pope Francis with 'D minus'

"One year after Pope Francis called for a summit of Catholic bishops at the Vatican, abuse survivors flocked to the Eternal City on Thursday (Feb. 20) to report a lack of progress and accountability in the fight against clergy sex abuse." - RNS

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Pope says, if you try to convert an unbeliever, you are “not a disciple of Jesus”

"In their recent ecumenical zeal, Catholics have finally accepted Protestants as Christians, though as 'separated brethren.'  But does the Pope believe that evangelicals and Pentecostals who try to win others to their faith 'are not disciples of Jesus'?" - Gene Veith

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