LGBT 'pilgrims,' representing different types of families, will attend the event next year in Philadelphia and hope for an audience with the pontiff.
Four prominent pro-LGBT religious figures were lauded as pioneers at a panel discussion called 'Is Religion Getting Us to LGBTQ Equality?'
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.
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.
The late-night talk show host included The Advocate in a roundup of faux reactions to the Vatican's pro-gay letter.
Vatican officials emphasize that it is an interim report, not the final word.
The church should recognize positive aspects of same-sex relationships, the document says.