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12 HOURS AGO - Huffington Post

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Rev. Luigi Ciotti, Italian Priest, Goes After Mafia Despite Death Threats

ROME (RNS) Half a dozen men stand nonchalantly in front of a grubby building on one of Rome’s busiest streets as cars whizz past. They stiffen whenever a stranger approaches. But few would guess they’re undercover cops protecting Italy’s most endangered man. Inside is the Rev. Luigi Ciotti, a 69-year-old priest with soft brown eyes and silver hair who has ...

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OCT 22, 2014 - Huffington Post

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7 Takeaways From Vatican's Synod On The Family

(RNS) Pope Francis and senior Catholic leaders wrapped up their two-week Vatican summit on the challenges of modern family life on Sunday (Oct. 19) without reaching a consensus on a number of hot-button topics. So where does that leave Francis’ papacy? And the church? Here are seven takeaways: 1. Hard-liners won the battle A midpoint status report on the debate ...

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OCT 22, 2014 - Huffington Post

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Philadelphia Archbishop Chaput On Synod: 'Confusion Is Of The Devil'

NEW YORK (RNS) Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput, a leading culture warrior in the U.S. hierarchy, says he was “very disturbed” by the debate over church teachings on gays and remarried Catholics at this month’s Vatican summit, saying it sent a confusing message and “confusion is of the devil.” In a lecture delivered Monday evening (Oct. 20) in Manhattan, Chaput also ...

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OCT 21, 2014 - Huffington Post

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Britain's Top Cardinal Vincent Nichols Still Hopes For More Gay Welcoming Catholic Church

One of Britain’s top Catholic cardinals has hope that next year's synod will result in a more open and welcoming church for gay and lesbian Catholics. Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the archbishop of Westminster, said that he was initially disappointed with the first draft of a document summarizing synod proceedings. The interim document, or relatio, stated that “homosexuals have gifts and ...

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OCT 15, 2014 - Huffington Post

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What Will The Synod Really Mean For LGBT Catholics? "All Together' Podcast

Welcome to this week’s ALL TOGETHER, the podcast dedicated to exploring how religious ideas and spiritual practice inform and shape our personal lives, our communities and our world. The show is hosted by Rev. Paul Brandeis Raushenbush, the Executive Editor of HuffPost Religion. Bishops from around the world gathered at the Vatican this last week to participate in the two ...

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