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September 15, 2014

Leader of the Catholic Church has married 20 'modern' couples. While they were all straight, it could still signify a change

Pope Francis has redefined marriage within the Catholic Church, blessing 20 couples at the Vatican that would have been banned under previous doctrine.

He welcomed 40 people from different social backgrounds, including a man about to enter into his second marriage and a woman with a daughter from a previous relationship, to St Peter's Basilica in Rome yesterday (14 September).

The mother, Gabriella Improta, said she did not feel 'worthy or able to meet the requirements of a good Catholic couple'.

January 6, 2014

Pope Francis has told the Catholic women’s Union of Superiors General that the church must be careful in how it ministers to the children of same-sex couples, lest it ‘vaccinate’ them against staying Catholic

Pope Francis has warned that the church must be careful to not alienate the children of same-sex couples and children with parents who have separated or it will risk turning them away from the Catholic faith.

‘On an educational level, gay unions raise challenges for us today which for us are sometimes difficult to understand,' Pope Francis said in a speech to the Catholic women’s Union of Superiors General in November that has only now been published in the Italian media.

June 14, 2013

Catholic Church head has met with Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby to discuss gay marriage

Pope Francis has surprised in gay marriage talks by proving he is a more diplomatic figure than his predecessors.

The leader of the Catholic Church deftly avoided speaking against gay rights while speaking to the head of the Anglican Church, the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby.

Francis, the only pope in history to become leader when he was the cardinal of a country with same-sex marriage, said he wanted to work with Welby to promote family values ‘based on marriage’.

February 11, 2013

After Pope Benedict XVI's shock resignation due to his ill health, one of the top contenders for the post is Ghanaian Cardinal Peter Turkson

The top three candidates for Pope are all vehemently anti-LGBT, with one defending African laws punishing gay people with death.

Pope Benedict XVI resigned earlier today (11 February), with the 85-year-old citing ill health and his advancing age.

Ghanaian Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, has said many of the laws imposed on gay people in Africa are an ‘exaggeration.’