Ron Vitiello (right). Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

The White House has retracted its nomination of 30-year border official Ron Vitiello to lead U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the AP reports.

Details: The announcement was delivered to members of Congress on Thursday. Vitiello was expected to join President Trump on a planned trip to the U.S.-Mexico border on Friday, but will no longer attend, according to AP sources. Details are unclear as to why Trump pulled the nomination, however, the news comes after a week of warnings that he would shut the border entirely. Three sources with direct knowledge were unauthorized to speak on the record, per the AP.

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"I stood up for that": Pope Francis voices support for same-sex civil unions

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Pope Francis voiced his support for same-sex civil unions for the first time as pope in the documentary “Francesco,” which premiered Wednesday at the Rome Film Festival, per the Catholic News Agency.

Why it matters: The pope’s remarks represent a break from the position of the Roman Catholic Church, which has long taught that homosexual acts are “intrinsically disordered" and contrary to natural law.