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Cardinal Pietro Parolin celebrates Mass for peace in Ukraine on Thursday in the Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome, Nov. 17, 2022.

Cardinal Parolin: Fiducia Supplicans has ‘touched a very sensitive point’ 

Jan 13, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

The Vatican’s secretary of state acknowledged the divided reaction to Fiducia Supplicans, which allows nonliturgical blessings for couples in “irregular”... Read more

St. Peter's Dome.

Vatican responds to widespread backlash on same-sex blessing directive

Jan 4, 2024

By Courtney Mares

Cardinal Victor Manuel Fernández maintained that the Vatican’s recent declaration on same-sex blessings was “clear and definitive about marriage and... Read more

Cardinal Daniel Sturla is Archbishop of Montevideo, Uruguay.

Fiducia Supplicans ‘not a topic’ for Christmas season, Uruguayan cardinal says

Dec 27, 2023

By Walter Sánchez Silva

​“I don’t think it was a topic to be brought out now at Christmas. ... it’s creating divisions within the... Read more

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops meets for its fall plenary assembly meeting Nov. 14, 2023, in Baltimore.

U.S. bishops: Vatican declaration does not change Church teaching on marriage 

Dec 18, 2023

By Tyler Arnold

The Vatican’s new guidance on pastoral blessings prompted a clarifying statement as well as mixed reactions. Read more

St. Peter's Basilica.

Vatican says priests can bless same-sex couples without condoning their lifestyles

Dec 18, 2023

By Jonathan Liedl

Nonliturgical blessings can be a sign of a person seeking God, not a validation of their lifestyle, the new document... Read more

Cardinal Blase Cupich.

Cupich on German processes, same-sex blessings, role of women

Jul 14, 2023

By AC Wimmer

The archbishop of Chicago spoke about the Germany Synodal Way and blessing of same-sex unions as well as the pontificate... Read more

Farmers and pet owners alike brought out their beloved animals to the Vatican for a special blessing on the feast of St. Anthony Abbot, Jan. 17, 2023.

PHOTOS: Animals blessed in St. Peter’s Square for feast of St. Anthony Abbot

Jan 17, 2023

By Courtney Mares

Farmers and pet owners alike brought their beloved animals to the Vatican for a special blessing on Jan. 17. Read more

A priest holds palms on Palm Sunday.

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

Mar 31, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

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’

Mar 30, 2021

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

Mar 18, 2021

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

Mar 15, 2021

By CNA Staff

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

Mar 15, 2021

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

Jul 11, 2019

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