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April 16, 2015

The French Government says it will not back down on its choice of senior diplomat and openly gay man Laurent Stefanini as its next ambassador to the Holy See but officially the Vatican is giving him the silent treatment

Vatican City is continuing to refuse the appointment of an openly gay man as the French ambassador to the world’s smallest country.

Vatican City, home of the Holy See and headquarters of the global Catholic Church, is only 44 hectares (110 acres), and with a population of 842 is the smallest internationally recognized independent state in the world by both area and population.

April 16, 2015

The French Government says it will not back down on its choice of senior diplomat and openly gay man Laurent Stefanini as its next ambassador to the Holy See but officially the Vatican is giving him the silent treatment

Vatican City is continuing to refuse the appointment of an openly gay man as the French ambassador to the world’s smallest country.

Vatican City, home of the Holy See and headquarters of the global Catholic Church, is only 44 hectares (110 acres), and with a population of 842 is the smallest internationally recognized independent state in the world by both area and population.

April 7, 2015

The Holy See is to receive its first ever openly gay ambassador in the form of France’s Laurent Stefanini and not everybody’s sure they’re too thrilled about that

The smallest country in Europe and its only remaining absolute monarchy is about to get its first ever openly gay ambassador from another country.

Vatican City, home of the Holy See and headquarters of the global Catholic Church, is only 44 hectares (110 acres), and with a population of 842 is the smallest internationally recognized independent state in the world by both area and population.

April 7, 2015

The Holy See is to receive its first ever openly gay ambassador in the form of France’s Laurent Stefanini and not everybody’s sure they’re too thrilled about that

The smallest country in Europe and its only remaining absolute monarchy is about to get its first ever openly gay ambassador from another country.

Vatican City, home of the Holy See and headquarters of the global Catholic Church, is only 44 hectares (110 acres), and with a population of 842 is the smallest internationally recognized independent state in the world by both area and population.

April 7, 2015

The Holy See is to receive its first ever openly gay ambassador in the form of France’s Laurent Stefanini and not everybody’s sure they’re too thrilled about that

The smallest country in Europe and its only remaining absolute monarchy is about to get its first ever openly gay ambassador from another country.

Vatican City, home of the Holy See and headquarters of the global Catholic Church, is only 44 hectares (110 acres), and with a population of 842 is the smallest internationally recognized independent state in the world by both area and population.

January 16, 2015

The NFL's first openly gay draftee and Vito Cammisano were at top of St. Peter's Basilica when he popped the question

It seems that Michael Sam wanted to make a statement when he proposed to boyfriend Vito Cammisano.

The first openly gay player to be drafted by an NFL team got down on one knee and popped the question while the couple were at the top of St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City.

Whether it is meant to be or not, the location Sam chose would seem to be a statement to the Catholic Church which is still officially against same-sex marriage.

February 5, 2014

Catholic Church rejects a recommendation by the United Nations it should change its core teaching on homosexuality

The Vatican is being told to finally remove all pedophile priests in its ranks by the United Nations, and to change the teaching on homosexuality.

A UN human rights committee, in a report revealed today (5 February), accuses the Vatican of adopting policies allowing priests to rape and molest tens of thousands of children over decades.

They also criticized the Holy See for its attitudes toward homosexuality, contraception and abortion.

The committee has also called on it to use its moral authority to condemn homophobia.

July 12, 2013

Pope Francis has announced an overhaul of the Vatican City criminal code, with the age of consent raised and stiffer punishments for pedophiles within the city state

Vatican City’s equal age of consent is being raised from 12 to 18 following the announcement of an overhaul of the Catholic Church’s criminal code by Pope Francis.

Francis has also ordered that Vatican City adopt international norms to prevent transnational criminal activities.

‘It is … necessary for the international community to adopt adequate legal instruments to prevent and counter criminal activities, by promoting international judicial cooperation on criminal matters,’ Francis said in a statement released by the Holy See yesterday.

July 12, 2013

Pope Francis has announced an overhaul of the Vatican City criminal code, with the age of consent raised and stiffer punishments for pedophiles within the city state

Vatican City’s equal age of consent is being raised from 12 to 18 following the announcement of an overhaul of the Catholic Church’s criminal code by Pope Francis.

Francis has also ordered that Vatican City adopt international norms to prevent transnational criminal activities.

‘It is … necessary for the international community to adopt adequate legal instruments to prevent and counter criminal activities, by promoting international judicial cooperation on criminal matters,’ Francis said in a statement released by the Holy See yesterday.

July 12, 2013

Pope Francis has announced an overhaul of the Vatican City criminal code, with the age of consent raised and stiffer punishments for pedophiles within the city state

Vatican City’s equal age of consent is being raised from 12 to 18 following the announcement of an overhaul of the Catholic Church’s criminal code by Pope Francis.

Francis has also ordered that Vatican City adopt international norms to prevent transnational criminal activities.

‘It is … necessary for the international community to adopt adequate legal instruments to prevent and counter criminal activities, by promoting international judicial cooperation on criminal matters,’ Francis said in a statement released by the Holy See yesterday.

June 18, 2013

After Pope Francis admitted to a 'gay lobby' in the Roman Curia, a 'fraternity of homo-sensible' priests have spoken out against the claims

Gay Catholic priests looking to meet up for friendship and more now have a place to do it online.

Venerabilis, an unofficial gay dating site targeted for priests and the people who love them, is allegedly based in Vatican City.

June 18, 2013

After Pope Francis admitted to a 'gay lobby' in the Roman Curia, a 'fraternity of homo-sensible' priests have spoken out against the claims

Gay Catholic priests looking to meet up for friendship and more now have a place to do it online.

Venerabilis, an unofficial gay dating site targeted for priests and the people who love them, is allegedly based in Vatican City.

June 11, 2013

Leader of the Catholic Church says the highly secretive Roman Curia is part of the 'gay lobby', which was claimed to be responsible for the resignation of Benedict XVI

Pope Francis has admitted to the existence of a ‘gay lobby’ in the Vatican.

According to sources cited by religious media today (11 June), the leader of the Catholic Church has said there is a ‘current of corruption’ in the Vatican’s administrative the Curia.

February 21, 2013

La Repubblica claim in an internal report, commissioned by Benedict XVI, the pope is leaving his post over the 'gay lobby'

An Italian newspaper is blaming the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI on the ‘gay influence’ within the Vatican.

Referring to an internal report prepared by three senior cardinals, La Repubblica claims there was an ‘inappropriate influence’ by gay priests in internal Holy See affairs.

Filed by cardinals Julian Herranz, Josef Tomko and Salvatore De Giorgi, it was commissioned by Benedict himself.

The newspaper suggests when Pope Benedict saw the report back in December, it hardened his resolve to quit as the leader of the Roman Catholic Church.

December 16, 2012

Gay rights advocates were barred from holding a peaceful protest against the Pope's 'gay marriage is against human nature' comments in St Peter's Square

Gay rights campaigners held a protest in Vatican City after Pope Benedict XVI said gay marriages were ‘against human nature’.

On Sunday (16 December), protestors were barred from holding a peaceful protest inside St Peter’s Square which was packed with tens of thousands of Catholics.

They held up paper hearts with slogans such as ‘Love Has No Barriers’, ‘Marry Peace’ and ‘Love Thy Neighbor’.

November 10, 2012

The Vatican newspaper has denied that the church is losing the fight on same-sex marriage and has warned US President Barack Obama about moving too fast on social issues

The newspaper of the Holy See in Rome has denied that the Catholic Church is losing the fight on same-sex marriage despite recent gains in the US and France following national elections.

August 6, 2012

The Bulgarian ambassador to the Holy Seat, Kiril Maritchkov, has been banned from Rome for having written a novel with a gay plot

The Vatican has refused to formally welcome the Bulgarian ambassador because of a row over a book he wrote which includes a gay story line.

Kiril Maritchkov, 37, has been ‘banned’ from being ambassador to the Vatican for having written a novel set in Italy including a gay plot. One of the main characters in the book pays another man for sex.

Tension is growing between the Vatican and Bulgaria as negotiations continue on the issue.

June 21, 2012

Adverts showing the Pope and Muslim leader kissing have won awards but also banned by the Vatican 

Benetton’s ‘Unhate’ advertising campaign, which features images of world leaders locking lips, has sparked fury from religious groups and praise from advertising awards.

The clothing company has had a strong reaction after creating the campaign launched last November, aimed at fostering tolerance for homosexuality and ‘global love’.

Computer manipulated shots include US President Barack Obama kissing his Venezuelan counterpart Hugo Chavez, as well as German Chancellor Angela Merkel embracing ex-French President Nicolas Sarkosy.

April 20, 2012

Italian national health system recalled syphilis medicines one year ago and the parliament has now intervened

An Italian gay man with syphilis has been forced to seek treatment in Vatican City after he was told chemists in Rome no longer provide the medicine he needs.

The 24-year-old went to the Pope's home country looking for a cure to his illness after the Italian national health system discontinued the medicines against syphilis one year ago.

But, in the Vatican, the price of the medicine is three times that of what it was in Italy.

April 20, 2012

Italian national health system recalled syphilis medicines one year ago and the parliament has now intervened

An Italian gay man with syphilis has been forced to seek treatment in Vatican City after he was told chemists in Rome no longer provide the medicine he needs.

The 24-year-old went to the Pope's home country looking for a cure to his illness after the Italian national health system discontinued the medicines against syphilis one year ago.

But, in the Vatican, the price of the medicine is three times that of what it was in Italy.

March 11, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI rallys against gay marriage in a speech to US bishops visiting the Vatican City
 

Pope Benedict XVI opposed gay marriage in a speech to US bishops visiting the Vatican City in hopes to rally them against the push for marriage equality in The States.

He asked gathered bishops to urge the importance of traditional marriage while emphasising premarital sex and cohabitation was “gravely sinful” and “damaging to the stability of society.”

January 10, 2012

Leader of Catholic Church makes statement to diplomats from 180 countries

Pope Benedict XVI made his strongest comments against gay marriage - ever - in a speech at The Vatican on Monday.

Giving a New Year address to diplomatic corps from 180 countries, Reuters reports that the leader of the Roman Catholic Church said gay marriage was one of several treats that 'undermine the family threaten human dignity and the future of humanity itself.'