• 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.

    A same-sex couple is pictured in a file photo exchanging rings during a ceremony in Salt Lake City.

    A same-sex couple is pictured in a file photo exchanging rings during a ceremony in Salt Lake City. In a new documentary, Pope Francis expressed openness to the idea of laws recognizing civil unions, including for gay couples, to protect their rights.(CNS photo by Jim Urquhar, Reuters)

  • The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is encouraging people of faith to take part in an election novena beginning Oct. 26 and ending Nov. 3, Election Day.

    A man in Orlando, Fla., casts his mail-in ballot Oct. 19, 2020, as early voting begins ahead of the November election.

    A man in Orlando, Fla., casts his mail-in ballot Oct. 19, 2020, as early voting begins ahead of the November election. (CNS photo by Octavio Jones, Reuters)

  • The Oct. 12 start of the Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett had two distinct focuses.

    Judge Amy Coney Barrett of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, President Donald Trump's nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, is sworn in during a confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington Oct. 12, 2020.

    Judge Amy Coney Barrett of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, President Donald Trump's nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, is sworn in during a confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington Oct. 12, 2020. (CNS photo by Shawn Thew/Pool via Reuters)

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