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 Outreach to Gays With a Catch: Celibacy

Catholic Outreach to Gays With a Catch: Celibacy

Like the recent Southern Baptist conference, the Notre Dame event reflects denomination leaders shifting their tone toward LGBT people without becoming affirming.

Pope: Christian Family, Marriage Under Attack

Pope: Christian Family, Marriage Under Attack

Without specifically mentioning LGBT people, the pontiff strikes a less conciliatory tone than he has in the past with regard to nontraditional families.

After Catholic Synod: Disappointment, Yet Hope Remains

After Catholic Synod: Disappointment, Yet Hope Remains

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

'God's Not Afraid of New Things,' Pope Tells Antigay Bishops

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

WATCH: Seth Meyers Spoofs The Advocate's Vatican Coverage

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

Conservative Outcry Prompts Vatican to 'Clarify' Document

Vatican officials emphasize that it is an interim report, not the final word.

Four Other Vatican Overtures to LGBT People

Four Other Vatican Overtures to LGBT People

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'

Is the Vatican Softening Its Stance on Gay People?

The church should recognize positive aspects of same-sex relationships, the document says.

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

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

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

Aspiring Catholic Priest Quits Church in Protest of LGBT Firings

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

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