VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis suggested the Catholic Church could tolerate some types of nonmarital civil unions as a practical measure to guarantee property rights and health care. He also said the church would not change its teaching against artificial birth control but should take care to apply it with "much mercy."
Pope Francis' words appeared in an interview published March 5 in the Italian daily Corriere della Sera.
Wednesday the 5th of March will be Ash Wednesday, a day that begins a very special time in the life of our Church. Lent means many things to people, not least of which is the beginning of a spiritual journey leading us to the Feast of Easter Sunday--Jesus Christ is Risen from the dead.