Cardinal says Catholic Church will never bless gay marriage

October 9, 2014 6:42 PM

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Cardinal says Catholic Church will never bless gay marriage

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - A leading Vatican cardinal said on Thursday the Roman Catholic Church will never bless gay marriage, wading into a controversy over the issue in Italy and other countries.

On Tuesday, Italian Interior Minister Angelino Alfano ordered mayors to stop recognizing the validity of gay marriages performed outside the country, prompting protests from rights groups and local officials.

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