Vatican backtracks on support for gay couples

VATICAN CITY (RNS) A top Vatican official blamed the media for “derailing” his recent remarks on possible legal protections for unmarried couples, while reaffirming his support for British and French bishops who have been vocal opponents of same-sex marriage.

Vatican signals options for protecting gay couples

VATICAN CITY (RNS) A high-ranking Vatican official on Monday (Feb. 4) voiced support for giving unmarried couples some kind of unspecified legal protection even as he reaffirmed the Catholic Church's opposition to same-sex marriage.

French Jews and Muslims grapple for answers to school shootings

PARIS (RNS) As schools across France marked a moment of silence for the victims of a shooting outside a Jewish school that left four people dead, many ordinary French -- especially Jews and Muslims -- are grappling for answers. By Elizabeth Bryant. 725.

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French Mormons find a less hospitable 'Mormon moment'

CHESNAY, France (RNS) With 36,000 members and a history stretching back to the1850s, France's Mormon community is among the biggest and oldest in Europe. But while Mormons in the U.S. bask in the so-called "Mormon moment," French Mormons are facing stiff opposition in their bid to build the country's first Mormon temple. By Elizabeth Bryant.