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Pope welcomes world’s only gay leader and his husband to the Vatican

Pope welcomes world’s only gay leader and his husband to the Vatican

Xavier Bettel and Gauthier Destenay meet with the Pope

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.

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.

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.

 

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.