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?’
Will 2015 Vatican Synod Follow Pope's Lead on LGBT Families?

Will 2015 Vatican Synod Follow Pope's Lead on LGBT Families?

LGBT Catholic leaders respond to a document and questionnaire sent to clergy ahead of the 2015 Synod of Bishops that calls for direct input from church laity about the future of Catholic LGBT families.

Pope: Church Should Help Families Stand by LGBT Members

Pope: Families Should 'Stand By' LGBT Children

In a new interview, the pontiff says this was the focus of LGBT-related discussion at a recent bishops' meeting, not issues regarding same-sex couples and marriage.

GQ: 'Kind, Humane' Pope Francis Is Holy Man of the Year

GQ: 'Kind, Humane' Pope Francis Is Holy Man of the Year

GQ's Jim Nelson says one of the reasons the pope merits praise is that he doesn't think gays and lesbians are evil.

Will Pope Address LGBT Concerns at World Meeting of Families?

Will Pope Address LGBT Concerns at World Meeting of Families?

LGBT 'pilgrims,' representing different types of families, will attend the event next year in Philadelphia and hope for an audience with the pontiff.

L.A. Panel Features Prominent Pro-LGBT Religious Figures

L.A. Panel Features Prominent Pro-LGBT Religious Figures

Four prominent pro-LGBT religious figures were lauded as pioneers at a panel discussion called 'Is Religion Getting Us to LGBTQ Equality?'

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.

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