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Pope's Reference To 'Gay Lobby' Broaches Taboo Topic

Pope Francis has surprised many with his candor in the early days of his papacy. In recent remarks, he reportedly acknowledged a so-called gay lobby in the Vatican. The pope's words are being interpreted as part of a broader effort to re-examine the way the Vatican is run.

Israel's Rabbis Seek To Bend Pastries To Their Will

The council of rabbis that regulates everything connected with Jewish religious law in Israel now wants to change the shape of bourekas, a type of stuffed pastry popular among Israelis. The move is aimed at helping people keep kosher. But if the rabbis succeed, says one cafe owner, "there really is no limit to their power."

Southern Baptists Condemn Policy Shift On Gay Boy Scouts

At the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention, a resolution is adopted condemning the Boy Scouts of America's decision to allow openly gay boys to become Scouts. The resolution stops short of requiring member churches to break with the organization.

Pope Francis Said To Reveal Existence Of 'Gay Lobby'

His comments are an apparent confirmation of reports in Italian media that the Vatican denied in February.

Churches Reconsider Sponsoring Boy Scout Troops

Some churches have said they will end their affiliation with the Boy Scouts after its decision to allow openly gay members to join. Others, including Southern Baptists, are considering their next move. Another group plans to hold a meeting in Louisville later this month with parents who say they want a more Christian organization for their children.

A Meeting On Tolerance Turns Into A Shouting Match

A forum meant to quell tensions between Muslims and non-Muslims in Tennessee was derailed by hecklers.