• VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis announced he will create 13 new cardinals Nov. 28, including Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory of Washington.

    Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory of Washington was one of 13 new cardinal named by Pope Francis Oct. 25, 2020.

    Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory of Washington was one of 13 new cardinal named by Pope Francis Oct. 25, 2020. He is pictured in a 2019 file photo. (CNS photo by Jaclyn Lippelmann/Catholic Standard)

  • 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)

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