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Pope Francis, born Jorge Mario Bergoglio (b. Dec. 17, 1936) is the 266th and current pope of the Catholic Church, a position also holding the roles of Sovereign of Vatican City and the Bishop of Rome. Born in Buenos Aires as the son of Italian parents, Bergoglio was ordained a priest in 1969. From 1973 to 1979 he was Argentina’s Provincial superior of the Society of Jesus. He became Archbishop of Buenos Aires in 1998, and a cardinal in 2001. Following the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, on 13 March 2013 the papal conclave elected Bergoglio, who chose the papal name Francis in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi. Francis is the first Jesuit pope, the first pope from the Americas, and the first from the Southern Hemisphere. [ Wikipedia ]

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Catholic bishops scrap welcome to gays in sign of church split

Saturday, October 18, 2014
Pope Francis talks to prelates as he arrives at the morning session of a two-week synod on family issues at the Vatican, Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014.
VATICAN CITY -- Catholic bishops scrapped their landmark welcome to gays Saturday, showing deep divisions at the end of a two-week meeting sought by Pope Francis to chart a more merciful approach to ministering to Catholic families. The bishops failed to approve even a watered-down section on ministering to homosexuals that stripped away ...

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Catholic Bishops say gays have ‘gifts and qualities’ to offer church

Monday, October 13, 2014
Pope Francis attends a morning session of a two-week synod on family issues at the Vatican, Monday, Oct. 13, 2014.
VATICAN CITY -- Catholic bishops are showing unprecedented openness to accepting the real lives of many Catholics today, saying gays have gifts to offer the church and should be accepted and that there are "positive" aspects to a couple living together without being married. A two-week meeting of bishops on family issues arrived ...

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LGBT groups cautiously cheer Catholic Church shift in tone toward gays

Friday, October 10, 2014
Pope Francis talks with Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi as he arrives for an afternoon session of a two-week synod on family issues at the Vatican, Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014.
VATICAN CITY -- LGBT rights advocates are cautiously cheering a shift in tone from the Catholic Church toward gays, encouraged that Pope Francis' famous "Who am I to judge?" position has filtered down to bishops debating family issues at a Vatican meeting this week. There is no discussion that church doctrine on homosexuality will change ...

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Fired teachers seek audience with Pope over Catholic Church’s anti-gay stance

Tuesday, May 27, 2014
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WASHINGTON -- The Human Rights Campaign on Tuesday delivered a letter to the Vatican on behalf of nine teachers who have lost their jobs at Catholics schools for either being LGBT, or supporting an LGBT family member.

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Pope to convene synod to discuss gay marriage, divorce, contraception

Friday, May 2, 2014
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The Vatican will convene an meeting of senior clerics this fall to re-examine church teachings on its most controversial issues: same-sex relations, divorce and contraception.

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Advocate for homeless LGBT youth calls on Pope to end religion’s anti-gay messaging

Sunday, April 13, 2014
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NEW YORK -- Homeless LGBT youth advocate Carl Siciliano, executive director of the Ali Forney Center, America's largest shelter for homeless LGBT youth, is calling on Pope Francis to to lead the world's religious communities in bringing an end to the "grave moral failure" by the Church to embrace LGBT youth and families.

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Pope Francis presses anti-AIDS chastity strategy in Africa

Monday, April 7, 2014
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VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis has praised church workers in Africa who promote chastity as a key way to prevent the spread of HIV.

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On eve of meeting with Pope Francis, Obama lectures Russia on LGBT rights

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Pablo Martinez Monsivais,  APPresident Barack Obama in Brussels, Belgium, Wednesday, March 26, 2014.
BRUSSELS, Belgium -- President Barack Obama on Wednesday again took aim at Russia's anti-gay laws following talks with European Union and NATO leaders on Russia's military-backed annexation of the Crimean Peninsula.

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Pope Francis suggests Catholic Church could support same-sex civil unions

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
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ROME -- While reaffirming the Catholic Church's opposition to same-sex marriage, Pope Francis said in a newspaper interview Wednesday that the church could support some form of civil unions.

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Pope opens big week with sex, divorce, homosexuality, gay marriage on agenda

Monday, February 17, 2014
Andrew Medichini, APPope Francis delivers his blessing to the crowd gathered in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican to attend the Angelus noon prayer he celebrated from the window of his studio, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014.
VATICAN CITY -- Meetings this week between Pope Francis and his cardinals will deal with some of the thorniest issues facing the church, including the rejection by most Catholics of some of its core teaching on premarital sex, contraception, gays and divorce.

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