The Pope has welcomed the world’s only gay leader and his husband at the Vatican.
Catholic officials invited Luxembourg’s Prime Minister Xavier Bettel and his partner Gauthier Destenay to the Holy See.
Xavier Bettel, primer ministro de Luxemburgo, recibido en el Vaticano junto a su marido. Y aquí Cañizares dice que los gays van al infierno🙈 pic.twitter.com/EM6tzRqEwh
— Pablo Iglesias (@Pablo_Iglesias_) March 24, 2017
Archbishop Ganswein, personal secretary to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, met the couple as they arrived.
Bettel and Destenay joined other European heads of government for the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome.
Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel and his partner Gauthier Destenay meeting with the Pope pic.twitter.com/ODO52nmVwx
— Eli Dror (@edrormba) March 25, 2017
Pope Francis later held a meeting with leaders, including Bettel, in the Vatican.
“It was a great pleasure and honour for me and Gauthier to be welcomed by the leader of the Catholic church. XB,” Bettel later tweeted.
@Pablo_Iglesias_ It was a great pleasure and honour for me and Gauthier to be welcomed by the leader of the Catholic church. XB
— Xavier Bettel (@Xavier_Bettel) March 25, 2017
The Vatican welcomed Bettel and Destenay like any other married couple. It comes after they refused to accept a gay diplomat from France in 2015, a bid President François Hollande reluctantly dropped.