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?’
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.

Catholics Urge Pope Francis to Speak Out for LGBT Rights
January 28 2014 5:34 PM ET

Catholics Urge Pope Francis to Speak Out for LGBT Rights

Michael O'Loughlin

A group of Catholics is urging Pope Francis to speak out against laws criminalizing homosexuality.

Spanish Cardinal Likens Homosexuality to High Blood Pressure, Says Cure Is Possible
January 24 2014 3:07 PM ET

Spanish Cardinal Likens Homosexuality to High Blood Pressure, Says Cure Is Possible

Michael O'Loughlin

Gay people can “recover and become normal with the right treatment,” says Fernando Sebastián, recently elevated to cardinal by Pope Francis.

Is Pope Francis Reaching Out to Gay Parents?
January 06 2014 3:09 PM ET

Is Pope Francis Reaching Out to Gay Parents?

Trudy Ring

The pope calls for Catholic leaders to put some thought into dealing with children whose parents are in 'nontraditional' relationships.

Funeral for Murdered Trans Woman Held at 'Pope's Church'
December 31 2013 2:23 PM ET

Funeral for Murdered Trans Woman Held at 'Pope's Church'

Lucas Grindley

When Andrea Quintero's family never claimed her body, the Jesuit order to which Pope Francis belongs stepped in.

Antigay Bishop Says He Was Just Following Pope's Orders
December 30 2013 6:53 AM ET

Antigay Bishop Says He Was Just Following Pope's Orders

Lucas Grindley

Has Pope Francis for the first time stepped into a public policy debate about LGBT people?

The Advocate's Person of the Year: 'Idiotic' or 'Important?'
December 19 2013 6:00 AM ET

The Advocate's Person of the Year: 'Idiotic' or 'Important?'

Sunnivie Brydum

When we named Pope Francis as the publication's Person of the Year, we expected some reaction — but the scope and range of opinion on our pick is more global than we could have imagined.

Op-ed: Pope Francis Has Not Made Good on Transgender Rights
December 19 2013 1:04 AM ET

Op-ed: Pope Francis Hasn't Made Good on Trans Rights

Parker Marie Molloy

The Advocate named Pope Francis its Person of the Year, but one contributing writer says the Catholic Church's record on transgender people is nothing to praise.

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