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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...

Good people, but blind to the plight of others

Thomas Lofaro, Chairperson, LGBT+ Catholics Westminster Pastoral Council* Dear friends, I’ve been looking forward to the “coming out of lock down” and to some return to normality.  Unfortunately, this doesn’t seem to be happening, does it? With news of cases increasing in London, it seems that being together at a distance is going to be the way we go for...

Catholic parents with LGBTQ children meet Pope Francis

Article by Giampaolo Petrucci published on the Christian news portal Adista.it, 16 September 2020 “Since 2015, groups of religious parents with LGBTQ sons and daughters have been emerging across Italy with the intent of breaking the silence and coming out of the shadows to tell the Church that all are children of God and as such should be welcomed and...

The pilgrimage of the transsexuals (femminielli) to the Black Madonna of Montevergine (Italy)

Article by Laura Filios, published in the Jesuit Catholic monthly JESUS (Italy), ​​n.6 of June 2020, pp.52-55, translated by Andrea D. (La Tenda di Gionata) Every year thousands of devotees visit the shrine of Montevergine in the Italian region of Campania (Italy). Among them, many transsexuals who feel welcome in front of “Mamma Schiavona” (Slave Mama or Slavic Mama). “Even...