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Rockers in the sacristy: new book recounts St. Francis’ famous fans

By Philip Pullella (A screen shows pictures of Pope Francis inside San Francesco Basilica in Assisi October 4, 2013. Pope Francis visits Assisi, the Italian town that was home to his namesake St. Francis of Assisi. Pope Francis took his name from the saint who is revered around the world as a symbol of austerity, simplicity, concern for the poor and a love of the environment. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini ) What do Bruce Springsteen, Mick Jagger’s daughter, Carlos Santana and Patti Smith have in common? It’s not only rock and roll: all of them are fans of a saint who lived 800 years ago. St. Francis of Assisi, known worldwide for his simple spirituality, his closeness to the poor, his love of nature and his preaching of peace, has some unlikely admirers. Father Enzo Fortunato, the spokesman and public face of the convent complex in Assisi where the Francis is buried, has written a new book on the people who have been influenced by the teachings of the gentle saint who gave up his worldly goods. “Vado da Francesco” (I am going to Francis), takes the reader on a historical trip through accounts of the visitors to the basilica in the past few decades. They include popes who sought …read more Source: Reuters Faithword...
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Church of England rules out blessings for gay marriages

By Belinda Goldsmith (Members of the London Gay Men’s Choir perform in front of the Houses of Parliament in central London July 15, 2013. REUTERS/Andrew Winning) Church of England priests will not be allowed to bless gay and lesbian weddings, or marry someone of the same sex themselves, according to new guidelines issued by the church, which is struggling to heal divides over homosexuality. Same-sex marriage becomes legal in England next month, posing a dilemma for the Church of England, which is the mother church of the world’s 80 million Anglicans and maintains that marriage is between a man and a woman. England and Wales legalized secular same-sex civil partnerships in 2005. A church working group suggested last year that clergy allow gay and lesbian couples to mark and celebrate marriages held under the new legislation, as well as civil partnerships, in a religious service. But following meetings last week, the church’s bishops released guidelines at the weekend that ruled out any kind of blessing for gay marriages. Instead, they said, clergy could offer an informal prayer at their discretion and at the request of the couple. “Services of blessing should not be provided. Clergy should respond pastorally and sensitively in other ways,” said the guidance from the …read more Source: Reuters Faithword...
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Church of England rules out blessings for gay marriages

By Belinda Goldsmith (Members of the London Gay Men’s Choir perform in front of the Houses of Parliament in central London July 15, 2013. REUTERS/Andrew Winning) Church of England priests will not be allowed to bless gay and lesbian weddings, or marry someone of the same sex themselves, according to new guidelines issued by the church, which is struggling to heal divides over homosexuality. Same-sex marriage becomes legal in England next month, posing a dilemma for the Church of England, which is the mother church of the world’s 80 million Anglicans and maintains that marriage is between a man and a woman. England and Wales legalized secular same-sex civil partnerships in 2005. A church working group suggested last year that clergy allow gay and lesbian couples to mark and celebrate marriages held under the new legislation, as well as civil partnerships, in a religious service. But following meetings last week, the church’s bishops released guidelines at the weekend that ruled out any kind of blessing for gay marriages. Instead, they said, clergy could offer an informal prayer at their discretion and at the request of the couple. “Services of blessing should not be provided. Clergy should respond pastorally and sensitively in other ways,” said the guidance from the …read more Source: Reuters Faithword...
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