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?’
Letter to Pope: Protect LGBT Youth
April 13 2014 11:20 AM ET

Letter to Pope: Protect LGBT Youth

Michael O'Loughlin

The head of a New York homeless shelter for LGBT youth wants the pope to see the impact of church teaching on LGBT youth.

Pope Francis: Kids Must Have Moms and Dads
April 11 2014 10:35 AM ET

Pope Francis: Kids Must Have Moms and Dads

Michael O'Loughlin

Pope Francis says children must be raised with 'the complementarity of the masculinity and femininity of a father and a mother.'

Catholic Archbishop OK's Baptism of Lesbian Couple's Child
April 09 2014 11:33 AM ET

Catholic Archbishop OK's Baptism of Lesbian Couple's Child

Michael O'Loughlin

The child of a lesbian couple in Argentina is baptized in a Catholic cathedral.

WATCH: The Pope Has His Own Version of 'Tiger Beat' Magazine
March 13 2014 10:20 AM ET

WATCH: The Pope's Personal Version of Tiger Beat Magazine

Jami Smith

Watch out Justin Bieber. The Pope has a new magazine, complete with a glossy centerfold. No one is more delighted about it than 'papal fanboy' Stephen Colbert.

Op-Ed: Pope's Legacy Will Be That He's Willing to Listen
March 13 2014 4:00 AM ET

Op-ed: Pope's Legacy Will Be That He's Willing to Listen

Francis DeBernardo

The leader of a pro-LGBT Catholic group reflects on the pope's first year.

Op-ed: Pope Francis: One Year In, Door Slightly Ajar for LGBT People
March 10 2014 1:23 PM ET

Pope Francis: One Year In, Door Slightly Ajar for LGBTs

Michael O'Loughlin

Progress for LGBT people in the religious sphere will not mirror advances at the ballot box or in the courts, but Pope Francis is showing how it's possible.

Timothy Dolan Uncomfortable as Pope Calls for Study of Civil Unions
March 09 2014 3:04 PM ET

Uncomfortable: Timothy Dolan Versus Pope on Civil Unions

Lucas Grindley

Once again American Catholic leadership is being challenged over whether they disagree with something Pope Francis has said.

Pope's Civil Unions Comments Spur Hope — But Caution Too
March 06 2014 5:12 PM ET

Pope's Civil Unions Comments Spur Hope — But Caution Too

Michael O'Loughlin

The Vatican emphasizes that Pope Francis did not intend to enter the debate over same-sex civil unions, but some say he's opened the door wider for such discussions.

Pope Francis Says Church Must Examine Civil Unions
March 05 2014 12:08 PM ET

Pope Francis Says Church Must Examine Civil Unions

Michael O'Loughlin

Pope Francis says in a new interview that the Catholic Church must explore civil unions as a way to ensure financial security for same-sex couples.

Catholics Urge Church to Evolve on Same-Sex Relationships
February 13 2014 5:11 PM ET

Catholics Urge Church to Evolve on Same-Sex Relationships

Michael O'Loughlin

Lay Catholics from Florida to Germany ask the church to change on same-sex relationships.

WATCH: Jesuit Series Spotlights Faithful Lives of LGBT Catholics
February 04 2014 11:36 PM ET

WATCH: Series Spotlights Faithful Lives of LGBT Catholics

Michael O'Loughlin

A Jesuit production company invites LGBT Catholics to tell their stories.

Queen Elizabeth II to Visit Pope Francis in April
February 04 2014 5:18 PM ET

Queen Elizabeth II to Meet Pope Francis in April

Michael O'Loughlin

The Queen of England will meet Pope Francis at the Vatican in April during a one-day visit to Italy.

Rolling Stone Cover Story Calls Pope Francis 'Revolutionary'
January 30 2014 3:33 PM ET

Rolling Stone Cover Story Calls Pope Francis 'Revolutionary'

Michael O'Loughlin

Pope Francis gets his picture on the cover of the Rolling Stone, which profiles him in a wide-ranging story touching on his rapprochement with LGBT Catholics.

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