The new provisions, released Tuesday after 14 years of study, were contained in the revised criminal law section of the Vatican’s Code of Canon Law, the in-house legal system that covers the 1.3 billion-strong Catholic Church.
The note distinguished between the church’s welcoming and blessing of gay people, which it upheld, but not their unions.
Pope Francis urged Iraqis on Friday to treat their Christian brothers as a precious resource to protect, not an “obstacle” to eliminate as he opened the first-ever papal visit to Iraq with a plea for tolerance and fraternity among Christians and Muslims.
The “Francesco” fiasco has highlighted the Vatican’s often self-inflicted communications wounds and Francis' willingness to push his own agenda, even at the expense of fueling pushback from conservative Catholics.
The powerful head of the Vatican’s saint-making office, Cardinal Angelo Becciu, has resigned from the post and renounced his rights as a cardinal amid a financial scandal that has reportedly implicated him indirectly.
Illinois and New York state joined California on Friday in ordering all residents to stay in their homes unless they have vital reasons to go out.
The office is struggling with a skeleton staff that hasn’t grown at pace to meet the four-fold increase in the number of abuse cases arriving in 2019 compared to a decade ago.
Catholic bishops from across the Amazon called Saturday for the ordination of married men as priests to address the clergy shortage in the region, an historic proposal that would upend centuries of Roman Catholic tradition.
Abuse victims and their advocates said it was a step forward, but not enough since it essentially tasks bishops discredited for mishandling abuse for decades with policing their own.
But Francis asked him to stay on temporarily and suggested Wuerl had unfairly become a scapegoat, having made some “mistakes” in handling sex abuse cases, but not having covered them up.
The Vatican on Friday distanced Pope Francis from Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk at the center of the U.S. gay marriage debate, saying she was one of dozens of people the pope greeted as he left Washington and that their encounter "should not be considered a form of support of her position."
The Vatican on Friday distanced Pope Francis from Kim Davis, the focal point in the gay marriage debate in the U.S., saying she was one of dozens of people the pope greeted in Washington and that their encounter "should not be considered a form of support of her position."
In a day of forceful words and eloquent silence, Pope Francis stood before the United Nations on Friday to decry the destruction of the environment through the "selfish and boundless thirst" for profit, then paid tribute to the victims of 9/11 with a prayer service at ground zero.
Standing before a rapt Congress, Pope Francis issued a ringing call to action on behalf of immigrants Thursday, urging lawmakers to embrace "the stranger in our midst" as he became the first pontiff in history to address a joint meeting of U.S. legislators.
Jumping into the issues of the day, Pope Francis opened his visit to the United States with a strong call Wednesday for action to combat climate change, calling it a problem that "can no longer be left to a future generation."