Cardinal Pietro Parolin celebrates Mass for peace in Ukraine on Thursday in the Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome, Nov. 17, 2022. | Credit: Daniel Ibáñez / CNA

Fiducia Supplicans "has touched a very sensitive point": Vatican Secretary of State

Jan 13, 2024

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

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Vatican Responds to Widespread Backlash on Same-sex Blessing Directive

Jan 4, 2024

The Vatican’s doctrine office issued a response on Thursday to “clarify the reception of Fiducia Supplicans” amid widespread international backlash to the Vatican’s recent declaration on same-sex blessings.

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Vatican Says Priests Can Bless Same-sex Couples Without Condoning their Lifestyles

Dec 18, 2023

The Vatican has issued new guidance on the topic of blessings of same-sex attracted people, stating that Catholic priests can bless same-sex couples as an expression of pastoral closeness without condoning their sexual relations. 

Bishop Mathieu Madega Lebouakehan with members of the Community of the Sisters of the Rosary of Gabon

New Religious Congregation in Gabon Receives Blessings from Local Ordinary

Sep 20, 2019

A newly formed congregation of religious women in Gabon has received blessings from the Bishop of Mouila diocese, Mathieu Madega Lebouakehan who has encouraged spiritual and material support for the nuns.