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Pope Francis (left), with Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State.

Vatican Secretariat of State provides context of Pope Francis civil union remark

Nov 1, 2020

The Vatican’s Secretary of State has asked papal representatives to share with bishops some clarifications regarding comments on civil unions... Read more

After Pope Francis' civil union remarks, archbishop recalls Argentina's civil unions debate

Oct 28, 2020

After remarks in a newly-released documentary from Pope Francis on civil unions, the archbishop emeritus of La Plata, Argentina, has... Read more

Director Evgeny Afineevsky, center, receives the Kineo Movie for Humanity award in the Vatican Gardens Oct. 22, 2020.

'Francesco' director receives film award in Vatican Gardens

Oct 22, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

The director of a new documentary about Pope Francis received an Italian film award in a ceremony in the Vatican... Read more

Pope Francis.

Questions emerge regarding Pope Francis' statement on same-sex civil unions

Oct 22, 2020

Fr. Antonio Spadaro, SJ, director of the Jesuit magazine La Civiltà Cattolica, said on Wednesday evening that an expression of... Read more

Pope Francis.

What did Pope Francis say about civil unions? A CNA Explainer

Oct 21, 2020

By JD Flynn

After comments from Pope Francis on civil unions, CNA looks at your questions.  Read more

Sant'Oreste, Lazio, Italy.

Italian priest performs same-sex civil union ceremony

Jul 21, 2020

A priest has resigned as a parish pastor after he performed a same-sex civil union ceremony in the town hall... Read more

Hundreds of thousands participate in Family Day in Rome, protesting a new bill that would legalize civil unions in Italy.

Hundreds of thousands attend ‘Family Day’ as Italy debates same-sex unions

Jan 30, 2016

By Ann Schneible

Hundreds of thousands are estimated to have gathered for ‘Family Day’ at the historic site in the capital city a... Read more

Chilean administration open to approval of adoption by homosexual couples

Jul 14, 2015

Shortly after the legalization of same-sex civil unions in Chile, the nation's secretary of justice said in an interview last... Read more

Fr. Federico Lombardi speaking at a press conference.

Vatican spokesman: media manipulated Pope's family comments

Jan 7, 2014

The Vatican's spokesman says some coverage of Pope Francis’ comment about a child of a same-sex couple is “forced” and... Read more

Father Martin Rhonheimer, professor of political philosophy and ethics at the Pontifical University of Santa Croce. Photo courtesy of Fr. Rhonheimer.

Theologian: Same-sex civil unions discriminate against married couples

Apr 24, 2013

After a Vatican official stated that the Church could support same-sex civil unions, a Swiss theologian is saying that if... Read more


Claims that Pope supported gay civil unions disputed

Mar 22, 2013

The director of the Catholic News Agency of Argentina (AICA) has told CNA that claims of Pope Francis supporting gay civil... Read more

Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila. File Photo/CNA.

Denver archbishop laments passage of civil unions bill

Mar 12, 2013

Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver called the Colorado legislature's passage of a civil unions bill a “regrettable move” harming families,... Read more

Colorado State Capitol.

Catholics speak out against Colo. civil unions bill

Mar 6, 2013

By Kevin J. Jones

Those who testified against a Colorado civil unions bill last week included a Catholic man with same-sex attraction and a... Read more

Colorado State Senator Ted Harvey speaks at the Rally to Protect Marriage on the west steps of the Colorado State Capitol.

Rally against civil unions bill warns of 'great persecution'

Jan 26, 2013

By Kevin J. Jones

Around 200 opponents of a Colorado civil unions bill rallied at the state capitol Jan. 25, warning that the legislation... Read more

Colorado State Capitol.

Colo. civil unions bill could endanger Catholic child services

Jan 18, 2013

By Kevin J. Jones

A new version of a proposed Colorado civil unions bill has dropped provisions that protect agencies from being forced to... Read more

Robert Gilligan, Executive Director of the Catholic Conference of Illinois (File Photo/CNA).

Ill. Catholic Charities seek new path without foster care, adoption

Oct 20, 2012

By Kevin J. Jones

The Catholic Charities agencies of Illinois are trying to meet society’s needs “in a different way” in their first year... Read more


Mexican bishops call for end to presidential election feud

Sep 4, 2012

The Bishops of Mexico have urged the country’s political parties to accept a court decision upholding the results of the... Read more

The Colorado state capitol building.

Colo. civil unions not dead until session’s end, opponents warn

May 15, 2012

By Kevin J. Jones

Though a Colorado House committee voted to kill a civil unions bill Monday night, the measure’s opponents have called for... Read more

Bishop James D. Conley

Civil unions bill aims to change perception of marriage, Denver bishop says

May 12, 2012

Bishop James D. Conley of Denver says that the civil unions bill being debated in Colorado is an attempt by... Read more

The Colorado state capitol building.

Colo. Catholic Conference rallies opposition to civil unions special session

May 11, 2012

The Colorado Catholic Conference and the Catholic bishops of Colorado are urging voters to oppose Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper’s call... Read more