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Pope Francis has suffered a setback as
proposals for wider acceptance of gay peo-
ple failed to win a two-thirds majority at
a Catholic Church synod.
A draft issued half-way through the meet-
ing of senior clerics had called for greater
openness towards homosexuals, and divorced
Catholics who have remarried.
But those paragraphs were not approved,
and were stripped from the final text. All
other parts of the draft report were accepted
by the synod.
The Pope said the full draft document,
including the rejected paragraphs, should
nonetheless be published.
Correspondents say the text welcoming
gay people and remarried Catholics had
been watered down in the final version that
was voted on---but it appears that they still
met with resistance from conservatives.
'Let God surprise'
Speaking after the vote, Pope Francis told
attendees that he would have been "worried
and saddened" if there had not been "ani-
mated discussions" or if "everyone had been
in agreement or silent in a false and acqui-
escent peace", a news agency reported.
He also cautioned against "hostile rigidity,
that is the willingness to close oneself inside
the written word instead of letting God sur-
While the earlier draft had said that
homosexuals had "gifts and qualities to offer
to the Christian community", the revised
document only said that discrimination
against gay people "is to be avoided."
Pope Francis had made a powerful appeal
to traditionalists not to lock themselves
within the letter of the law, but conservative
cardinals and bishops carried the day at the
end of the synod.
About 200 bishops had attended the
synod on family issues at the Vatican.
Rome's Mayor Ignazio
Marino, centre, poses
with Andrea Rubera, left,
and Dario de Gregori
after he registered their
gay marriage in Rome,
The gay marriage debate
arrived within walking
distance of the Vatican
yesterday as Rome's
mayor registered 16 gay
abroad in open defiance
of Italy's government.
Gay marriage is illegal in
Italy. Interior minister
Angelino Alfano recently
sent a notice to local
prefects saying any
registrations of gay
abroad would be voided.
CELEBRATING GAY MARRIAGE
Pope Francis suffers
setback on gays
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2014
Pope Francis talks to prelates as he arrives at the morning session of a two-week synod
on family issues at the Vatican, yesterday.
dies in SA jail
A man jailed for the murder of Anni Dewani has
died in prison, South Africa's correctional services
department has said.
Xolile Mngeni, who was convicted of killing De-
wani while she was on honeymoon in 2010, had
been serving a life sentence for her murder. Dewani
was kidnapped at gunpoint and shot dead in the
Gugulethu township on November 13, in South
His death comes amid the trial in Cape Town of
Briton Shrien Dewani, who denies arranging his
Mngeni died in the hospital section of Cape Town
prison, officials said.
South Africa's correctional services department
has said it will make a full statement about his
death today. (BBC)
US can't cut itself
off from West Africa
President Barack Obama urged Americans yester-
day not to succumb to hysteria about Ebola, even as
he warned that addressing the deadly virus would
require citizens, government leaders and the media
to all pitch in.
In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama
also pushed back against calls for the US to institute
a ban on travel from West Africa. Lawmakers have
called it a common-sense step to prevent more peo-
ple with Ebola from entering the US, but Obama
said such a ban would only hamper aid efforts and
"Trying to seal off an entire region of the world ---
if that were even possible --- could actually make the
situation worse," Obama said. (AP)
Bermuda clears trees,
power lines hit by Gonzalo
Crews cleared away downed trees and power
lines yesterday after Hurricane Gonzalo battered
this tiny, wealthy British territory for several hours
but caused no deaths or serious injuries.
The storm's centre crossed over Bermuda late Fri-
day and Gonzalo quickly moved northward over the
Atlantic on a track that could take it just off the
shore of Newfoundland in Canada.
Some 20,000 homes in Bermuda were still with-
out power in the afternoon, but Premier Michael
Dunkley said clean up efforts were going smoothly.
He said the US, Britain and other nations have of-
fered assistance. (AP)
Man gets life for murdering
teen over loud music
A Florida judge Friday sentenced Michael Dunn to
life in prison without parole for the 2012 shooting
death of 17-year-old Jordan Davis.
The sentence, imposed nearly two years after
Dunn shot and killed Davis during an argument over
loud music, also carries an additional 90 years for
three convictions of attempted murder and firing a
weapon into a vehicle.
"This case demonstrates that our justice system
does work," Duval County Judge Russell Healey said
moments before sentencing Dunn.
Dunn, 47, was convicted of first-degree murder
this month for shooting into an SUV full of black
teenagers at a Jacksonville, Florida, gas station after
an argument over loud music from the teens' vehi-
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