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Pope Francis took an unprecedented welcoming tone towards the LGBT community but has not given his support to bless same-sex couples. (Photo Credit: PTI)

  • A German bishop gave a nod to blessing same-sex couples on Friday
  • The bishop gave the statement after meeting with Pope Francis who has voiced his opposition to the practice
  • In March, a Vatican body issued a note reaffirming that homosexuality is a sin

Pope Francis offered resignation by Cardinal Reinhard Marx. (Photo Credit: AFP)

  • An offer by Cardinal Reinhard Marx was rejected by Pope Francis to resign over mishandling of sexual abuse 
  • The decision came after the church in Germany was shaken by allegations of abuse against minors 
  • Pope was offered resignation over the church's "institutional and systemic failure" in handling child sex abuse scandals

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Pope Francis celebrated mass in honour of conflict-ridden Myanmar on Sunday. (Photo Credit: AP/PTI)

  • In his Sunday's mass, Pope Francis repeated his calls for peace and an end to violence in Myanmar
  • He visited Myanmar in November 2017, marking the first papal visit to a Buddhist-majority nation
  • The country has been in chaos since the military ousted civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi in a February 1 coup

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Pope Francis expressed his pleasure on Wednesday as he delivered his weekly general audience in public. (Photo Credit: Representational Image-AP/PTI)

  • Pope Francis on Wednesday delivered his weekly general audience in public after six months
  •  He greeted a baby, signed a book, donned a hat someone gave him and chatted with children
  • "I am happy to resume this face to face," the Pope said while addressing the audience

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Pope Francis' prayer marathon will go on for a month. (Photo credit: PTI)

  • The Pope started his prayers before approximately 150 believers
  • Francis will conclude the prayers  at Vatican Gardens chapel on May 31
  • Pope urged protection for those left bereaved after losing loved ones

Easter is celebrated after 40 days of Lent. (Photo Credit: Representational Image/Unsplash)

  • Easter is a Christian festival
  • People are celebrating Easter on April 4 all around the world
  • Many leaders and famous personalities extended their wishes on social media 

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Pope Francis extended his support to the anti-coup demonstrators in Myanmar. (Photo Credit: AP./PTI)

  • Pope Francis in his Easter message expressed solidarity with the Myanmar's youth
  • Myanmar has been gripped by turmoil since leader Aung San Suu Kyi was ousted in a military coup
  • On Easter, decorated eggs became the latest emblem of resistance 

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At the Vatican on Good Friday, Pope Francis presided over the "Way of the Cross" ceremony in an empty St. Peter's Square for a second year in a row. (Photo Credit: Representative Image/Pixabay)

  • Italy began a strict Easter lockdown on Saturday, with the entire country considered a high-risk coronavirus "red zone"
  • New restrictions also came into force in France
  • US became the first nation to administer at least one shot to more than 100 million people

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According to AFP, the pope continues to oppose gay marriage. (Picture Credits: Unsplash)

  • The statement was issued in response to "Does the Church have the power to give the blessing to unions of persons of the same sex?"
  • "Negative," read the response by the CDF, signed by Cardinal Luis Ladaria
  • The CDF said such relationships might have positive elements to be valued, but that did not make them "legitimate objects"