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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, Argentina, 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?'

Pope Francis Says Being Gay Isn’t a Crime

He still refers to homosexuality as a “sin” though.

Vatican Reviews Policies on LGBTQ+ Parishioners, Women in Leadership

It's the latest example of the Catholic Church responding to criticisms over certain issues.

Pope Francis to LGBTQ+ Catholics: God Does Not Disown You

The pope commented on LGBTQ+ people and the church in response to a letter from Father James Martin, an LGBTQ-supportive priest.

Pope Francis Tells Parents to Support Their Queer Children

"Never condemn them," he told his weekly audience.


Catholic Diocese Says LGBTQ+ People Are Not Allowed Sacraments

They can only be baptized, confirmed, or receive communion if they have "repented."

On LGBTQ+ Rights, Ghana’s Bishops Choose to Ignore Pope

As the Catholic Church continues to make more inclusive comments about LGBTQ+ rights, the Church's leadership in Ghana supports a violent and repressive draft law targeting LGBTQ+ people.

Pope Accepts Resignation From Bishop Who Masturbated on Video Call

Bishop Tome Ferreira da Silva gave Pope Francis his resignation after images circulated online of the bishop seminude during a video call with another man.

German Priests, Defying Pope, Offer to Bless Same-Sex Unions

Numerous churches around the nation will hold blessing services in the next few days.

Pope Names Gay Survivor to Commission Fighting Clergy Sex Abuse

Chilean whistleblower Juan Carlos Cruz had met in 2018 with Pope Francis, who assured him that God loves him as he is.

Daniel Franzese Says Catholic School Fired Him for Being Gay

The star of Mean Girls and Looking lost a hosting gig at a Catholic university one day after Pope Francis condemned same-sex unions.

Elton John Slams 'Hypocrisy' of Vatican, Which Invested in 'Rocketman'

The Catholic Church, which "cannot bless sin" of same-sex unions, directed funds from the faithful toward the gay biopic.

Billy Eichner 'Proposes' to Dan Levy 'Just to Make the Pope Angry'

Two of Hollywood's leading gay actors spoke out against the Catholic Church's stance on same-sex unions Monday.

Catholic Church 'Cannot Bless Sin,' Pope Says of Same-Sex Unions

A document issued Monday with Pope Francis's blessing unequivocally reaffirms the church's opposition to such relationships.

Pope Francis Offers Advice to Gay Couple

Andrea Rubera and Dario De Gregorio say the pope assured them their kids could be brought up in the Catholic faith without facing prejudice.

How Big a Deal Is the Pope's Civil Unions Comment?

His words in a new documentary are apparently recycled from another interview -- and don't signal a change in church doctrine.

Pope Francis Wants LGBTQ+ Catholics Back

The pope has shown he sees us as humans and not as sinners.

Pope Francis Endorses Civil Unions for Same-Sex Couples

The statement, made in a new documentary, is a major move for the leader of the Roman Catholic Church.

Pope Francis to Parents: God Loves Your LGBTQ+ Children as They Are

The pope expressed supportive sentiments to a parents' group this week.

A Cardinal Hired by Pope Francis Comes to Aid of Trans Sex Workers

The Polish cardinal represents a forward-thinking wing of the Roman Catholic Church.

Pope Francis Warns of ‘Culture of Hate’ Targeting LGBTQ People

Francis compared anti-LGBTQ government leaders to Hitler.