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?’
Meet the Married Gay Activist Who'll Talk to Pope Francis

Meet the Married Gay Activist Who'll Talk to Pope Francis

Simón Cazal of Paraguay will be the first married gay activist to have a public meeting with the pope — and he's being hopeful but realistic about what may come of it.

LGBT Catholics Find Little Encouragement in Family Synod Document

LGBT Catholics Find Little Encouragement in Family Synod

A working paper that will guide discussion at this fall's bishops' meeting doesn't include much outreach to LGBT Catholics.

Is the Pope's Environmental Encyclical Anti-transgender?

Is the Pope's Environmental Encyclical Anti-transgender?

Calling for 'the acceptance of our bodies as God's gift' appears to send negative signals to transgender people.

Op-ed: What Does a Pope Know About Marriage?

Op-ed: What Does a Pope Know About Marriage?

This gay Catholic really wants to like Pope Francis, but the pontiff isn't making it easy.

Pope Francis: Heterosexual Parents Best for Children

Pope Francis: Heterosexual Parents Best for Children

Men and women's differences bind them in marriage and help their children mature, the pope asserts.

Vatican Official Calls Irish Marriage Vote 'Defeat for Humanity'

Vatican Official Calls Irish Marriage Vote 'Defeat for Humanity'

The assessment came from Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s secretary of state, who ranks second only to Pope Francis in the Catholic hierarchy.

Pope Francis Admires 'Masterpiece' of Man-Woman Marriage

Pope Francis Admires 'Masterpiece' of Man-Woman Marriage

The pope's exaltation of opposite-sex marriage came a day after the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on extending marriage rights to same-sex couples.

Report: Pope Rejects France's Gay Ambassadorial Nominee

Report: Pope Rejects France's Gay Ambassadorial Nominee

One French paper said the pontiff turned away the candidate but said it was "nothing personal."

Gay Jesuit: Catholic Church Must Discover 'Tender Compassion' for All

Gay Jesuit: Catholic Church Must Discover 'Tender Compassion' for All

A candidate for the priesthood openly discusses being gay in a column published today, but points out that he is more than his sexual orientation.

Report: Pope Judges Gay Ambassador Candidate Unacceptable

Report: Pope Judges Gay Ambassador Candidate Unacceptable

The Vatican has yet to accept France's candidate for ambassador — and sources report Pope Francis nixed him because he's gay.

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