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A book coming out next week called La Fuerza de la vocacion (The Strength of Vocation) quotes Pope Francis as saying homosexuality in the clergy "is something that worries" him, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

The big picture: The pope reportedly hit on the subject in an interview to Fernando Prado, a Spanish-born missionary priest. Francis is also quoted in the book breaking from the opinion that having gay people in Catholic housing is not a big deal because it's "only an expression of faith," saying "there is no place for this kind of affection" in priestly life. In the past, Francis has urged the church to remember that gay people are "persons who will live in the service of the church, of the Christian community, of the people of God."

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The Senate voted 93-2 on Friday to confirm retired Gen. Lloyd Austin as secretary of defense. Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) were the sole "no" votes.

Why it matters: Austin is the first Black American to lead the Pentagon and President Biden's second Cabinet nominee to be confirmed.

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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced that the House will deliver the article of impeachment against former President Trump for "incitement of insurrection" on Monday.

Why it matters: The Senate is required to begin the impeachment trial at 1pm the day after the article is transmitted.

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Driving the news: Industry executives and lobbyists paid very close attention to Treasury Secretary nominee Janet Yellen's confirmation hearings this week, and came away convinced that tax reform isn't on the near-term agenda.