Pope Francis
Read the latest news about Pope Francis, the leader of the Roman Catholic Church. Find out updates about Pope Francis, who was named ‘Person of the Year’ by The Advocate for his increadingly tolerant position on gays and lesbians. Born Jorge Mario Bergoglio in Buenos Aires, Argentino, the spiritual leader of over 1 billion people takes his namesake from Saint Francis of Assisi, one of the most celebrated figures in religious history. He is the first non-European pope in over a thousand years. Discover more about the man who said ‘Who am I to judge?’
Will 2015 Vatican Synod Follow Pope's Lead on LGBT Families?
December 10 2014 3:18 PM ET

Will 2015 Vatican Synod Follow Pope's Lead on LGBT Families?

Stevie St. John

LGBT Catholic leaders respond to a document and questionnaire sent to clergy ahead of the 2015 Synod of Bishops that calls for direct input from church laity about the future of Catholic LGBT families.

Pope: Church Should Help Families Stand by LGBT Members
December 08 2014 1:47 PM ET

Pope: Families Should 'Stand By' LGBT Children

Stevie St. John

In a new interview, the pontiff says this was the focus of LGBT-related discussion at a recent bishops' meeting, not issues regarding same-sex couples and marriage.

GQ: 'Kind, Humane' Pope Francis Is Holy Man of the Year
November 25 2014 4:00 PM ET

GQ: 'Kind, Humane' Pope Francis Is Holy Man of the Year

Dawn Ennis

GQ's Jim Nelson says one of the reasons the pope merits praise is that he doesn't think gays and lesbians are evil.

Will Pope Address LGBT Concerns at World Meeting of Families?
November 18 2014 1:52 PM ET

Will Pope Address LGBT Concerns at World Meeting of Families?

Stevie St. John

LGBT 'pilgrims,' representing different types of families, will attend the event next year in Philadelphia and hope for an audience with the pontiff.

L.A. Panel Features Prominent Pro-LGBT Religious Figures
November 14 2014 6:25 PM ET

L.A. Panel Features Prominent Pro-LGBT Religious Figures

Stevie St. John

Four prominent pro-LGBT religious figures were lauded as pioneers at a panel discussion called 'Is Religion Getting Us to LGBTQ Equality?'

Catholic Outreach to Gays With a Catch: Celibacy
November 05 2014 5:45 PM ET

Catholic Outreach to Gays With a Catch: Celibacy

Stevie St. John

Like the recent Southern Baptist conference, the Notre Dame event reflects denomination leaders shifting their tone toward LGBT people without becoming affirming.

Pope: Christian Family, Marriage Under Attack
October 28 2014 4:23 PM ET

Pope: Christian Family, Marriage Under Attack

Stevie St. John

Without specifically mentioning LGBT people, the pontiff strikes a less conciliatory tone than he has in the past with regard to nontraditional families.

After Catholic Synod: Disappointment, Yet Hope Remains
October 20 2014 3:36 PM ET

After Catholic Synod: Disappointment, Yet Hope Remains

Trudy Ring

While the synod's final report is less gay-supportive than its interim one, LGBT activists and allies are encouraged by the number of bishops on their side.

'God's Not Afraid of New Things,' Pope Tells Antigay Bishops
October 19 2014 5:00 PM ET

'God's Not Afraid of New Things,' Pope Tells Antigay Bishops

Thom Senzee

The pope isn't taking the roll-back of language that would have made the Catholic Church more welcoming to LGBTs, the divorced, and unmarried couples as a defeat.

WATCH: Seth Meyers Spoofs The Advocate's Vatican Coverage
October 16 2014 1:52 PM ET

WATCH: Seth Meyers Spoofs The Advocate's Vatican Coverage

Daniel Reynolds

The late-night talk show host included The Advocate in a roundup of faux reactions to the Vatican's pro-gay letter.

Amid Conservative Outcry, Vatican 'Clarifies' Gay-Supportive Document
October 14 2014 4:04 PM ET

Conservative Outcry Prompts Vatican to 'Clarify' Document

Stevie St. John

Vatican officials emphasize that it is an interim report, not the final word.

Four Other Vatican Overtures to LGBT People
October 14 2014 2:38 PM ET

Four Other Vatican Overtures to LGBT People

Stevie St. John

The news this week from Rome doesn't indicate unequivocal support for LGBT people, but it's line with a shift in tone that's marked Pope Francis's tenure. Here are some other examples.

Vatican Document: Value Gay People's 'Gifts and Qualities'
October 13 2014 12:15 PM ET

Is the Vatican Softening Its Stance on Gay People?

Trudy Ring

The church should recognize positive aspects of same-sex relationships, the document says.

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