Vatican Family

Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Muller arrives for a morning session of a two-week synod on family issues at the Vatican, Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014. Catholic bishops signaled a radical shift in tone Monday about accepting gays into the church, saying they had gifts to offer and that their partnerships, while morally problematic, provided homosexual couples with “precious” support. In a preliminary report, released half-way through a Vatican meeting on family life called by Pope Francis, the bishops also said the church must welcome divorcees and recognize the “positive” aspects of civil marriages and even Catholics who cohabitate, as well as the children of these less traditional families. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

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