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, Argentina, 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?’

The pontiff reportedly encouraged the antigay clerk to 'stay strong.' Lawyers for Kim Davis have released a photo of the rosary beads they say Pope Francis gave her.

September 29 2015 9:35 PM Updated

On the flight back to Rome, Pope Francis spoke for the first time on the Kentucky clerk's fight against marriage equality, without specifically naming her.

September 28 2015 11:38 AM Updated

Michael Nutter declared the visit by Pope Francis was 'completely successful' even though he was not able to deliver on a promise to personally press the pope on LGBT rights.

September 27 2015 11:23 PM

Social media is wowed by the TV personality delivering the reading at a mass in Manhattan's biggest arena. 

September 26 2015 2:47 PM

Queer Catholics, marriage equality supporters and allies gathered in the City of Brotherly Love, where the pope arrived Saturday for the last stop of his U.S. visit.

September 26 2015 11:13 AM Updated

Pope Francis continued his vague allusions to LGBT people and issues when he spoke to the United Nations in New York today. 

1:54 PM

Never before has a leader of the Roman Catholic Church addressed a joint session of Congress, and Pope Francis seized the opportunity to express his view on marriage equality.

September 24 2015 3:29 PM

The event went off without incident despite some conservatives' dire predictions.

September 23 2015 11:27 PM

In his new book, The Tweetable Pope, former Advocate reporter Michael O'Loughlin describes the pontiff's "spiritual revolution" within the Catholic Church. In the following excerpt, O'Loughlin writes of the pope's complicated history with LGBT rights.

September 23 2015 4:30 AM

'I will certainly seize the opportunity' to take a stand for LGBT equality, says Mayor Michael Nutter, whose city hosts Pope Francis this weekend.

September 22 2015 9:22 PM