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?’
Catholic Couple Urge Church to Welcome Gays — But Will Anything Change?
October 07 2014 5:33 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 2:14 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 7:35 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 1:23 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 5:40 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 12:19 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 12:44 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.

Italian Catholic Bishop: More Dialogue Needed Around Homosexuality
May 15 2014 1:29 PM ET

Italian Catholic Bishop: More Dialogue Needed Around Homosexuality

Michael O'Loughlin

The head of the Italian bishops conference tells a Florence newspaper that the Catholic Church must listen to all arguments around homosexuality.

Catholic Bishops to Discuss Gay Unions, Family Life
April 30 2014 4:33 PM ET

Catholic Bishops to Discuss Gay Unions, Family Life

Michael O'Loughlin

At a meeting in Rome this fall, Catholic leaders will consider the church's teachings on a range of family issues.

Letter to Pope: Protect LGBT Youth
April 13 2014 10:20 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 9:35 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 10:33 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 9:20 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.

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