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Elton John at AIDS Event: Pope Francis is My Hero

RELIGION | By Mesfin Fekadu | Wednesday Oct 29, 2014
Elton John has called Pope Francis "my hero" for his compassion and push to accept gays in the Catholic church, at his annual AIDS benefit.

Court Orders for Texas Pastors' Speeches Withdrawn

RELIGION | By Juan A. Lozano | Oct 29
Houston's mayor says the city has withdrawn subpoenas seeking speeches and other information from five pastors who publicly opposed an ordinance banning discrimination of gay and transgender residents.

Southern Baptists Tell Pastors: Hold Line on Gays

RELIGION | By Rachel Zoll | Oct 28
More than a thousand evangelical pastors and others - gathered for a 3-day conference to steel the resolve of Christians who preach that gay relationships are sinful - were asked a simple question: How many live in a state that recognizes gay marriage?

Pastor Who Performed Gay Marriage Keeps Ordination

RELIGION | By Travis Loller | Oct 27
A Methodist pastor who was disciplined after he officiated at the wedding of his gay son will be allowed to remain an ordained minister.

Francis Praises Benedict Amid Church Divisions

RELIGION | By Nicole Winfield | Oct 27
Pope Francis praised retired Pope Benedict XVI as a "great pope" on Monday amid the continuing fallout from a meeting of bishops that exposed divisions between progressive Catholics who back Francis' call for a more merciful church and conservatives.

Methodist Panel Hears Appeal Over Gay Wedding

RELIGION | By Travis Loller | Oct 23
A Methodist pastor who was disciplined for officiating at his son's same-sex wedding will soon find out whether he can remain an ordained minister in the nation's second-largest Protestant denomination.

Dancing Priests Become Internet Sensation

RELIGION | By Trisha Thomas | Oct 23
A video of a pair of dueling, dancing American priests studying in Rome has gone viral, following in the footsteps of a now-famous Italian nun whose Alicia Keyes-esque voice won her a singing contest and a record contract.

Methodist Panel to Hear Appeal Over Gay Wedding

RELIGION | By Travis Loller | Oct 22
A Methodist pastor who became a gay rights activist after he was disciplined for officiating at his son's wedding to another man will soon find out whether he can remain an ordained minister

Catholic School Says 'No Way' to Ellen Page Film About Gays

RELIGION | By Winnie McCroy | Oct 22
Well, forget about being Christlike. A Catholic boys' school has come under fire after they refused to let the film "Freeheld" be filmed there, because stars Julianne Moore and Ellen Page play a lesbian couple.

Reports: Televangelist Urged Vasectomies, Abortion

Televangelist Ernest Angley has long controlled members of his Akron-area congregation by advising them not to have children, shunning those who leave the church and using free labor at his for-profit buffet restaurant and television statioN.

Pope Beatifies Paul VI at Remarkable Synod's End

RELIGION | By Nicole Winfield | Oct 20
Pope Francis on Sunday beatified Pope Paul VI, concluding the remarkable meeting of bishops debating family issues that drew parallels to the tumultuous reforms of the Second Vatican Council which Paul oversaw and implemented.