Same-Sex Unions

Pope Francis blesses a baby at his Wednesday general audience on March 20, 2024, in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican. / Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis: Benedict XVI Defended me in Face of Accusations "that I promoted gay marriage"

Apr 3, 2024

Francis related that he had “a very beautiful visit with him when some cardinals came to see him, surprised by my words about marriage, and he was very clear with them.”

Pope Francis greets pilgrims at his general audience on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2024, at the Paul VI Audience Hall at the Vatican. | Credit: Vatican Media

To be "scandalized" by Gay Couple Blessings is "hypocrisy": Pope Francis

Feb 7, 2024

The Holy Father this week again defended the Vatican’s controversial document authorizing blessings for same-sex couples.

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No Blessing of “irregular unions” in Mozambique, Angola, São Tomé and Príncipe: Bishops

Jan 6, 2024

Church leaders in Africa, who have prohibited the implementation of Fiducia Supplicans (FS) in their Episcopal Sees and territories they govern.

Cardinal Víctor Manuel Fernández. | Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/ACI Prensa

Cardinal Fernández: Vatican’s same-sex blessings guidance is ‘clear answer’ to German bishops

Jan 3, 2024

Members of the controversial German Synodal Way overwhelmingly approved developing formalized ritual texts for same-sex blessings in March 2023.  

The President of the Ghana Catholic Bishops Conference (GCBC), Bishop Matthew Kwasi Gyamfi. Credit: Catholic Trends

We’ve No “rites for such things”: Bishop in Ghana on Blessing of Same-Sex Marriages

Dec 21, 2023

The President of the Ghana Catholic Bishops Conference (GCBC) has clarified that the blessing of same-sex marriages is not permissible in the West African country, noting that the Church does not even have the rites and prayers for such arrangements.

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Bishops Around the World Are Divided Over Vatican’s Same-sex Blessing Declaration  

Dec 20, 2023

Some bishops are welcoming the news, some are approaching it with caution, while others are outright refusing to implement it.

Members of the Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM). Credit: ECM

“Blessings for same sex unions of any kind are not permitted in Malawi”: Catholic Bishops

Dec 19, 2023

Catholic Bishops in Malawi have prohibited the implementation of the Vatican declaration on the blessing of “same-sex couples” and couples in other “irregular situations”, which the Dicastery for the Doctrine of Faith (DDF) released on Monday, December 18 under the title, Fiducia Supplicans.

Bishop Stefan Oster. | Credit: Diocese of Passau

German Bishop Says Divisions within Local Church are a "disaster for the faithful"

Nov 30, 2023

Bishop Stefan Oster did not shy away from identifying profound theological disagreements as the source of division within the Church in Germany.

Bishop Pablo Virgilio S. David of Kalookan, Philippines (left), Cardinal Leonardo Steiner, archbishop of Manaus, Brazil (center), and Archbishop Zbigņev Stankevičs of Riga (right) all spoke at the Synod press conference on Oct. 18, 2023. | Credit: Daniel Ibáñez

Someone in Sin Can’t Be Told “everything is all right”: Synod Delegate on Same-sex Unions

Oct 18, 2023

“If there is a person living in sin and we tell this person, ‘Everything is all right with you, it’s OK, go ahead,’ we do harm,” the prelate said.


High Court in Malawi Postpones Same-Sex Unions Ruling after Christian Leaders’ Outcry

May 25, 2023

The High Court in Blantyre, Malawi, has postponed the hearing meant to interpret Section 153 (c) of the Penal Code of the Southern African nation, which criminalizes consensual same-sex relations between two consenting adults to June 5 and June 6 from May 23. 

Protesters at a Profamily event in Kenya.  Credit: Courtesy Photo

Don’t Legalize Same-sex Unions: Malawi’s Christian Leaders to Judges ahead of Ruling

May 22, 2023

Church leaders in Malawi are calling on the country’s High Court in Blantyre to rule against same-sex unions.

Francis Cardinal Arinze during the Holy Mass at the Vatican. Credit: Vatican Media

Belgian Bishops Made “an error” in Same-sex Unions Liturgy: Nigerian Cardinal at Vatican

Sep 27, 2022

Catholic Bishops in Belgium made “an error” in introducing the blessing ceremonies for same-sex couples, Vatican-based Nigerian Catholic Church leader, Francis Cardinal Arinze, has said.

A blessing service as part of a day of action in defiance to the Vatican’s ruling on same-sex unions in the Youth Church in Würzburg, Germany, May 10, 2021./ Gehrig/CNA Deutsch.

German Catholics Defy Vatican with Blessing Ceremonies for Same-sex Couples

May 11, 2021

Priests and pastoral workers in Germany defied the Vatican Monday by conducting blessing ceremonies attended by same-sex couples.

Vatican flag and the logo of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN)

Christian Leaders in Nigeria Hail Holy See’s Clarification on Same-Sex Unions

Mar 17, 2021

Christian leaders in the West African nation of Nigeria have hailed Holy See’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) for clarifying that the Catholic Church does not have the power to bless same-sex unions, terming the move “godly and timely.”

Pope Francis. / Daniel Ibanez/CNA.

What did Pope Francis Say About Civil Unions? A CNA Explainer

Oct 22, 2020

“Francesco,” a newly released documentary on the life and ministry of Pope Francis, has made global headlines, because the film contains a scene in which Pope Francis calls for the passage of civil union laws for same-sex couples.