Transcript shows pope's distinction between gay marriage, civil unions

When Pope Francis said gay people have a right to be in a family and that gay couples need some form of civil law to protect their rights, he was not saying that gay couples should have a right to adopt children. In "Francesco," director Evgeny Afineevsky presented the statements as if Pope Francis had said them one right after the other, following a story about a gay couple with children.

Former spiritual adviser to Medjugorje visionaries excommunicated

A former priest who had been an early spiritual adviser to the alleged visionaries of Medjugorje, Bosnia-Herzegovina, has been excommunicated, according to an announcement by the Diocese of Brescia, Italy, where he lives.

French cases lead Focolare to promise investigation of handling abuse claims

The president of Focolare has accepted the resignations of the lay movement's top leaders in France and announced the group will ask an independent committee to investigate how allegations of the sexual abuse of minors have been handled.

Franciscan university honors patriarch for theological work on ecology

Paying tribute to Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople for his contributions to the theology and spirituality of care for the environment, the Franciscan-run Pontifical University Antonianum awarded him an honorary doctorate.

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