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Prayer vigils IDAHOBIT 2021. Will you join us?

Like every year since 2007, over several days leading up to 17 May (International Day Against Homo-, Bi- and Transphobia, IDAHOBIT), LGBTQ+ Christians in Italy and Europe, along with their parents and their faith communities, will organise vigils, prayers and services. These events will be underscored by the Bible verse “Love one other, as I have loved you” (John 15:12)....

“Out of love for the truth that resides in our hearts” Open letter to Pope Francis from Catholic parents of LGBT children Italian

Open letter to Pope Francis from the fathers and mothers of the 3VolteGenitori network, the Italian national network of Christian parents of LGBT children, dated 17th March 2021 Dear Pope Francis, As Catholic parents of LGBT children, we cannot remain silent in the face of the suffering caused by the Responsum of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith...

No entrance controls for God’s blessing!

Reaction of the diocese the diocese of St.Gallen (Switzerland) leadership, written by Franz Kreissl*, pastoral director, to the published paper of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, denial of the blessing of homosexual couples. In 2015, Bishop Markus Büchel, when asked about homosexual couples, wrote: «Let us look forward to every relationship in which the partners accept each...

For those who are still nailed by prejudice to a cross

Meditation by Luigi Santopaolo, biblical scholar, on the eleventh station of the Way of the Cross published in the pastoral-liturgical aid “Christ, my hope, is risen” for Lent * and Easter 2021 of the Italian Episcopal Conference (CEI), p. 86. When they reached the place called The Skull, there they crucified him and the two criminals, one on his right,...

Cast your vote for the preferred verse for the 2021 IDAHOT vigils

Since 2007, prayer vigils for the overcoming of homophobia, transphobia and all types of discrimination have become an annual event. In many Italian cities and throughout the world, many Christians as well as Catholic and Evangelical communities come together for prayer in the days preceding or following the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia on the 17th May to...

LGBT+ Catholics Westminster Welcome Pope Francis Latest Affirmation

LGBT+ Catholics Westminster Pastoral Council, media release, 21 october 2020 The LGBT+ Catholics Westminster Pastoral Council welcomes Pope Francis’ latest comments on same-sex unions and the right to family life as expressed in the just-premiered film, “Francesco”. While not representing a break with the Vatican’s past doctrinal statements on sexuality or gender, Pope Francis has broken new ground in affirming the right...