The comments contained no change in church teaching, and the pope said reform should not happen quickly. Still, it was the pope’s clearest declaration yet of a break in tone and style from his immediate predecessors.
“A person once asked me, in a provocative manner, if I approved of homosexuality. I replied with another question: ‘Tell me: when God looks at a gay person, does he endorse the existence of this person with love, or reject and condemn this person?’”
Caggiano, 54, was selected to lead the Bridgeport Diocese by Pope Francis himself.
Rev. Frank Caggiano, an auxiliary bishop in Brooklyn, will take over a post left vacant since the departure of Bishop William Lori, who was named Archbishop of Baltimore in March 2012.
Timothy Cardinal Dolan said the pontiff’s tone is very welcoming, but emphasized that church doctrine is not changing.
New Yorkers and people around the world were reacting Monday to what may have been the most memorable and attention-grabbing statement by Pope Francis since he became leader of the Roman Catholic Church in March.
Pope Francis on Friday cleared two of the 20th century’s most influential popes to become saints, approving a miracle needed to canonize Pope John Paul II and waiving Vatican rules to honor Pope John XXIII.
Brigid Miniter, 14, and Anthony Merejo, 17, of Ridgewood are home with memories and pictures from the ceremony at the Vatican.
Two New Jersey teens were set to embark Tuesday on the biggest journey of their lives – a trip to Rome to be confirmed into the Roman Catholic Church by Pope Francis himself.
Pope Francis has named eight cardinals from around the world to advise him on reforming and running the Catholic church.
Francis delivered a plea for peace in his first Easter Sunday message to the world, decrying the seemingly endless conflicts in the Middle East and on the Korean peninsula after celebrating Mass along with more than 250,000 faithful.
Pope Francis has inspired excitement not only among the Roman Catholic community, but also the Islamic community, because of the pope’s outreach.
St. Peter’s Square overflowed with some 250,000 pilgrims, tourists and Romans eager to join the new pope at the start of solemn Holy Week ceremonies, which lead up to Easter, Christianity’s most important day.
He missed St. Patrick’s Day, but Cardinal Dolan returned home in time for Easter. After 23 days in Rome, Dolan’s status as a Catholic Church leader has risen to new heights.
Pope Francis urged princes, presidents, sheiks and thousands of ordinary people to protect the environment, the weakest and the poorest, mapping out a clear focus of his priorities as leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics.