International

Pope has history of defending marriage, but being open to some civil unions

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis often has expressed openness to the idea of laws recognizing civil unions, including for gay couples, to protect their rights. The pope’s comments in a brief passage in the documentary film Francesco are similar to the position he took while archbishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina,…

Lebanon's Catholic leaders seek prayers, aid after massive explosions

BEIRUT — As Lebanon's Catholic leaders appealed for help for their country, international and U.S. organizations appealed for donations for Beirut, capital of a country already suffering from a severe economic downturn even before the two massive August 4 explosions that left more than 130 people dead, at least 5,000…

Eucharist heals, gives strength to serve others, pope says

VATICAN CITY – The Eucharist heals people of their wounds, emptiness and sadness, and gives them the strength to share Christ’s loving mercy with others, Pope Francis said on the feast of the Body and Blood of Christ. The joy of the Lord can change lives, the pope said in…

Vatican announces Laudato Si’ anniversary year

VATICAN CITY – The Vatican announced that it will commemorate the fifth anniversary of Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment with a yearlong series of initiatives dedicated to the safeguarding and care for the Earth.