Bishop Thomas Paprocki of the Catholic Diocese of Springfield, Ill., has barred priests from performing sacraments for people in same-sex marriages. Above, Paprocki testifies against an Illinois same-sex marriage bill in 2013. Seth Perlman/AP hide caption

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Sara Pisano (left) and Danilo Spagnoli, just married by Pope Francis, smile during the wedding ceremony in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Sept. 14. Pope Francis married 20 couples on Sunday, including some who already live together or and who already have children, both technically sins in the eyes of the church. Alessandra Tarantino/AP hide caption

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In 'Season Of Mercy,' Will Vatican Rethink Communion For Divorcees?

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Todd Fadel, at piano, leads singers at a recent gathering of Beer & Hymns at First Christian Church Portland. John Burnett/NPR hide caption

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To Stave Off Decline, Churches Attract New Members With Beer

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