Through an aide, the pope offers support to a writer whose work was banned by the mayor of Venice, but warns against reading too much into it.
A working paper that will guide discussion at this fall's bishops' meeting doesn't include much outreach to LGBT Catholics.
The Vatican has yet to accept France's candidate for ambassador — and sources report Pope Francis nixed him because he's gay.
Was Pope Francis in on it?
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.
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.
Despite Pope Francis's encouraging words, it's clear that the Roman Catholic Church hasn't changed it doctrine on LGBT equality.