Pope Francis is coming to the U.S. this week. He will be the first pontiff to address a joint meeting of Congress on Thursday.
Because of Pope Francis' more progressive views on climate change, Rep. Paul Gosar, a Catholic Republican from Arizona, is boycotting the pope's address to Congress. He's facing pushback for it.
In his five-day, three-city tour, Francis will give the majority of speeches in his native Spanish.
Rep. Michael McCaul, a Texas Republican who chairs the House Homeland Security Committee, says he was apprised of the threat during a classified meeting.
The headline on the Vatican's official news site makes the point clearly: "Pope: divorced and remarried people not excommunicated."
According to church teaching, abortion is a sin so grave that anyone who gets one or performs one is automatically excommunicated. Forgiveness was usually only given by senior church officials.
Former Polish Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski was accused of paying for sex with children and possessing child pornography while he served as the Holy See's ambassador to Dominican Republic.
A number of conservative politicians have cast a dim eye on Pope Francis' statements on climate change. A teaching document coming out Thursday aims to make the environment a moral imperative.