Varadkar: I’ll push Pope on accepting same-sex families

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar says he will tell Pope Francis that families headed by same-sex couples are equal to traditional families when the Pontiff visits Ireland later this month. The two are due to meet at Dublin Castle as the Pope visits for the World Meeting of Families, the Catholic Church’s celebration of the family. Asked what he would say to Pope Francis, Varadkar told journalists last Tuesday he would express “our view as a society and as a government that families come in all sorts of different forms…

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Pope to attend prayer meeting, visit children’s home in Colombia

Here is the detailed schedule of events planned for Pope Francis’ visit to Colombia Sept. 6-10. The schedule was released by the Vatican June 23. All times are local, with Eastern Daylight Time in parentheses: Wednesday, Sept. 6 (Rome, Bogota) — 11 a.m. (5 a.m.) Departure from Rome’s Fiumicino airport. — 4:30 p.m. (5:30 p.m.) Arrival at CATAM military section of the Bogota airport. Welcoming ceremony. Thursday, Sept. 7 (Bogota) — 9 a.m. (10 a.m.) Meeting with government authorities in the courtyard of Casa de Narino presidential palace in Bogota.…

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