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?’
After Catholic Synod: Disappointment, Yet Hope Remains
October 20 2014 4:36 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 6:00 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 2:52 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 5:04 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 3:38 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 1:15 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.

Catholic Couple Urge Church to Welcome Gays — But Will Anything Change?
October 07 2014 6:33 PM ET

Catholic Couple Urge Church to Welcome Gays — But Will Anything Change?

Trudy Ring

At the Synod of Bishops at the Vatican, a long-married Australian couple call for greater acceptance of gays — but bishops and observers don't look for doctrine to change.

Aspiring Catholic Priest Quits Church in Protest of LGBT Firings
September 26 2014 3:14 PM ET

Aspiring Catholic Priest Quits Church in Protest of LGBT Firings

Trudy Ring

Benjamin Brenkert has written an open letter to Pope Francis urging him to stop the firings and speak out against discrimination.

New Mass. Bishop: 'God Made Us Male and Female'
August 11 2014 8:35 PM ET

New Mass. Bishop: 'God Made Us Male and Female'

Trudy Ring

And, of course, that means marriage for heterosexual couples only, according to Springfield's new Roman Catholic bishop.

Vatican Document: Judge Gay People Less, Welcome Their Children
June 26 2014 2:23 PM ET

Vatican: Judge Gays Less, Welcome Their Children

Trudy Ring

The report, based on a survey of clergy and laypeople, appears to echo Pope Francis's conciliatory attitude.

Op-ed: Yeah, Pope Francis, Who Are You to Judge?
June 10 2014 6:40 AM ET

Op-ed: Yeah, Pope Francis, Who Are You to Judge?

Michelle Garcia

The Vatican has a real problem with staying out of people's bedrooms.

Edie Windsor: Pope's Words Thrilled Me
June 08 2014 1:19 PM ET

Edie Windsor: Pope's Words Thrilled Me

Michelle Garcia

When given the choice between having a drink with Pope Francis and Edward Snowden, Edie Windsor goes with the Pope.

During Holy Land Visit, Pope Addresses Sex Abuse, Family Synod
May 28 2014 1:44 PM ET

During Holy Land Visit, Pope Addresses Sex Abuse, Family Synod

Michael O'Loughlin

Aboard the papal plane, Pope Francis says the church will have 'zero tolerance' for sex abuse.

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