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Pope has history of defending marriage, but being open to some civil unions

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis often has expressed openness to the idea of laws recognizing civil unions, including for gay couples, to protect their rights. The pope's comments in a brief passage in the documentary film, "Francesco," are similar to the position he took while archbishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina, and echo remarks he has made in several interviews during his pontificate: "Marriage" is only between a man and a woman, but civil union laws could provide legal protection for couples in long-term, committed relationships.

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In Minnesota archdiocese, pandemic doesn't stop Children's Rosary Pilgrimage

ST. PAUL, Minn. (CNS) -- The COVID-19 pandemic has curtailed church and school activities in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and across the country. But, determined laypeople and clergy are finding meaningful ways to engage the faithful in these times. One example is the annual Children's Rosary Pilgrimage that took place Oct. 7 at Transfiguration in Oakdale, Minnesota.

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