Gay Catholics get Vatican welcome

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Published: Wednesday 18th February 2015 by The News Editor

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The Vatican has taken the unprecedented step of giving a group of US gay and lesbian Catholics VIP seats at Pope Francis’ weekly general audience.

But the New Ways Ministry pilgrims were identified on the Vatican’s list of attendees only as a “group of lay people accompanied by a Sister of Loreto”.

And it was not announced at the weekly audience. When a monsignor read out the different groups of pilgrims attending the audience, he skipped that reference altogether. Pope Francis did not mention them either.

New Ways Ministry officials said they were pleased they had been invited to sit with Monsignor Georg Gaenswein, the prefect of the papal household who gives out the coveted reserved tickets.

Published: Wednesday 18th February 2015 by The News Editor

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