Despite theoretically slowing down over the summer months, Pope Francis remains one of those figures basically incapable of "down time." Among other things, he seems to be catching up on correspondence, including sending encouraging notes to an Argentine nun who ministers to transgender women in the pope's native country.

In response to the decree issued by Springfield, IL Diocese Bishop Paprocki, Bishop Patrick J. McGrath of San Jose told diocesan leadership: “We will not refuse sacraments or Christian Burial to anyone who requests them in good faith.” Click here to read Fortunate Families' letter of thanks to Bishop McGrath.