Thousands turn out to protest a proposed civil unions bill that would finally offer some legal recognition to Italy's same-sex couples.
Demonstrators flooded the streets in cities across Italy, urging their government to legally recognize unions for same-sex couples.
Some lawmakers want to punish gay couples who become parents through overseas surrogates.
The priest has been arrested, and his bishop is accused of encouraging him to avoid the police.
Through an aide, the pope offers support to a writer whose work was banned by the mayor of Venice, but warns against reading too much into it.
While not binding, the decision adds to mounting pressure on the peninsula.
While France, Ireland, and the U.K. have already enacted marriage equality, Italy still struggles with offering any legal recognition to same-sex couples.