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?’
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.

Pope Removes Hard-Line Marriage Equality Opponent From Vatican Panel
December 17 2013 4:34 PM ET

Pope Pulls Marriage Equality Opponent From Vatican Panel

Trudy Ring

Pope Francis's removal of Cardinal Raymond Burke from the Congregation for Bishops and appointment of a more moderate member may signal positive change.

9 Catholics Who Need to Listen to the Pope
December 16 2013 3:25 PM ET

9 Catholics Who Need to Listen to the Pope

Michelle Garcia

While Pope Francis's attitude toward LGBT people may be a little more laissez-faire, some of his followers aren't getting the message.

The Advocate's Person of the Year: Pope Francis
December 16 2013 3:23 PM ET

The Advocate's Person of the Year: Pope Francis

Lucas Grindley

While 2013 will be remembered for the work of hundreds in advancing marriage equality, it will also be remembered for the example of one man.

Young Gay Scientist Honored by Vatican
November 18 2013 3:00 PM ET

Young Gay Scientist Honored by Vatican

Trudy Ring

'It's really amazing to be recognized by the Vatican, especially as a gay scientist,' said Andraka, 16, who developed a test for pancreatic cancer.

Pope Francis Writes Private Letter to Gay Catholics
October 10 2013 2:15 PM ET

Pope Francis Writes Secret Letter to Gay Catholics

Sunnivie Brydum

The Vicar of the Christ personally responded to a letter from a group of gay Roman Catholics.

Coming Out As...Catholic
October 07 2013 4:26 AM ET

Coming Out As...Catholic

Daniel Reynolds

To be gay and Catholic, one must believe in miracles.

An Alternative Way to Be Catholic - and LGBT
October 03 2013 6:00 AM ET

An Alternative Way to Be Catholic — and LGBT

Trudy Ring

Churches in the Old Catholic and Independent Catholic traditions offer services that will be familiar to Roman Catholics, along with unqualified affirmation of LGBT people.

Vatican Censors Photo Exhibit of Gay Couples Kissing in Churches
September 30 2013 2:12 PM ET

Vatican Censors Photo Exhibit of Gay Couples Kissing in Churches

Sunnivie Brydum

In case anyone thought the Roman Catholic Church was moving toward tolerance, the pope's office demanded the closure of an exhibit showing photos of gay couples kissing inside churches.

Vatican Excommunicates Gay-Supportive Australian Priest
September 24 2013 1:05 PM ET

Gay-Supportive Priest Gets Excommunicated by Vatican

Trudy Ring

Despite Pope Francis's encouraging words, it's clear that the Roman Catholic Church hasn't changed it doctrine on LGBT equality.

Pope Francis: Church Shouldn't 'Interfere Spiritually' With LGBT Lives
September 19 2013 12:24 PM ET

Pope: Church Shouldn't 'Interfere' With LGBT Lives

Sunnivie Brydum

The leader of the Roman Catholic Church continues to grab headlines with his compassionate stances on traditionally oppositional issues.

Pope Francis Says He Won't 'Judge' Gay Priests
July 29 2013 12:19 PM ET

Pope Francis Says He Won't 'Judge' Gay Priests

Sunnivie Brydum

But he also said "the door is closed" to women being ordained in the Catholic Church.

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