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A priest holds palms on Palm Sunday.

Diocese: Priest’s omission of palm blessing in protest over Vatican ruling ‘reprehensible’

A Catholic diocese in Italy has said that a priest’s refusal to bless palms on Sunday because of the Vatican’s... Read more

Cardinal Christoph Schönborn at the Vatican April 8, 2016.

Cardinal Schönborn: Vatican ‘no’ to same-sex blessings marked by ‘communication error’

In new comments, Cardinal Schönborn has said that the Vatican’s rejection of blessings for same-sex couples was marked by a... Read more

Cardinal Kevin Farrell, prefect of the Vatican Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life.

Cardinal Farrell: Blessings are for marriage, but Church’s pastoral life is for all

The Church’s pastoral life is open to all people, but blessings are reserved for couples who are married according to... Read more

The then Archbishop Luis Ladaria at the Vatican Press Office Sept. 8, 2015.

Full text: Vatican’s doctrinal office response and note on the blessing of same-sex unions

Here is the full text of the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith’s response to a question on... Read more

Vatican’s doctrinal office: Catholic Church cannot give blessings to same-sex unions

The Vatican’s doctrinal office on Monday clarified that the Catholic Church does not have the power to give liturgical blessings... Read more

Buenaventura, Colombia, January 2016.

Colombian bishop to bless entire city to counter violence

Bishop Rubén Darío Jaramillo Montoya of Buenaventura will perform blessings throughout his cathedral city Saturday, hoping to counter it's extreme... Read more