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Lutherans elect first openly gay bishop

(CNN) For more than two decades, the Rev. R. Guy Erwin couldn’t officially be a priest in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. On Friday, he was elected a bishop. Erwin’s election signals a shift not only for the ELCA – the nation’s seventh largest church – but also for American Christianity. To date, only one other mainline Protestant church, the Episcopal Church, has ele... »

Vatican: Conclave to elect new pope may start sooner than expected

Vatican: Conclave to elect new pope may start sooner than expected

The Vatican is raising the possibility that the conclave to elect the next pope might start earlier than March 15, the earliest date possible under current rules that require a 15-20 day waiting period after the papacy becomes vacant. Vatican spokesman The Rev. Federico Lombardi said top officials can study the Holy See’s constitution to determine whether such a rule change is possible. The ... »