17th December 2013
Pope Francis removes anti-equal marriage cardinal from Vatican Committee 6
1:29 PM — Pope Francis has replaced a US conservative cardinal who is strongly against equal marriage and abortion with an American cardinal who is less outspoken.
American LGBT magazine The Advocate names Pope Francis as ‘Person of the Year’ 29
12:07 PM — One of America’s most influential LGBT magazines has named Pope Francis as its “Person of the Year”.
12th December 2013
Pope Francis named as Time Magazine’s Person of the Year 24
6:15 PM — Pope Francis has been named the Person of the Year by Time Magazine.
11th November 2013
Argentina: Over 150,000 celebrate Buenos Aires’ 22nd annual gay pride event
3:30 PM — More than 150,000 people attended the 22nd annual gay pride event in Buenos Aires on Saturday, which featured many signs and speeches including some criticisms of the former bishop, Pope Francis I, who once vowed to oppose the city's same-sex marriage laws.
1st November 2013
Vatican launches Catholic survey on gay relationships, equal marriage and other social issues 15
12:26 PM — The Vatican is conducting a worldwide survey on how Catholics interpret social issues such as same-sex marriage, gay relationships and birth control.
15th October 2013
Conservative Catholics question Pope Francis’s approach on social issues 20
2:47 PM — Pope Francis’ conciliatory approach to discussing social issues involving the Catholic Church has generated concern among conservative Catholics in the US.
10th October 2013
Pope Francis blesses gay Catholic group in written letter 85
5:57 PM — Pope Francis has reportedly blessed a group of gay Catholics in Italy.
3rd October 2013
Obama ‘hugely impressed’ by Pope Francis 11
11:44 AM — Barack Obama says he’s been “hugely impressed” by Pope Francis’ recent remarks admitting the Roman Catholic Church was “obsessed” with preaching about abortion, same-sex marriage and contraception.
30th September 2013
John Paul II who described same-sex marriage as ‘evil’ to become saint in April 2014 36
12:06 PM — Pope John Paul II, who famously described gay rights advances such as same-sex marriage as a “new ideology of evil”, will be declared a saint on 27 April 2014, Pope Francis has announced.
26th September 2013
Gallery removes exhibition of gay couples kissing in churches after Vatican threatens legal action 46
5:24 PM — An art gallery in Rome has covered up an exhibition of photographs showing same-sex couples kissing in churches, following a legal threat by the Vatican.
24th September 2013
Australian Catholic priest excommunicated by Vatican over support for gay rights 22
4:31 PM — An Australian priest has been excommunicated by the Vatican over his support for gay rights and women, just days after the pope called for Catholics to “find a new balance” by refraining from frequent condemnation on gay issues.
23rd September 2013
US radio host: Pope Francis shouldn’t doubt Satan’s gay minions’ intention to destroy Catholic Church 30
7:33 PM — A US anti-gay radio host has said that Pope Francis was "naive" to doubt gay people, or "Satan's earthly minions'" intentions to destroy the Catholic Church by promoting homosexuality.
20th September 2013
Italy: Gay governor says Pope Francis’ comments on gay issues ‘give us hope’ 6
4:51 PM — The gay governor of Italy’s Puglia region, Nichi Vendola, has commented on Pope Francis's interview this week, during which he appeared to be further softening his stance on gay issues.
Rome gay rights group: Pope Francis is ‘ahead of many politicians’ on gay issues 10
4:06 PM — Rome's Gay Center has said that the Pope is starting "a revolution" of open-mindedness towards gay issues, and that he as "ahead of many politicians" on such issues.
19th September 2013
Pope Francis: The Catholic Church is ‘obsessed’ with same-sex marriage and abortion 66
5:07 PM — Pope Francis says the Roman Catholic Church has grown “obsessed” with preaching about abortion, same-sex marriage and contraception – and that he is choosing to avoid discussing those subjects.
9th September 2013
India: Archbishop of Mumbai says being gay is ‘not a sin’ 12
2:06 PM — In a recent letter to LGBT activist groups in India, the Archbishop of Mumbai has said he would advise priests to be more sensitive while referring to gay people in public sermons, affirming "to say those with other sexual orientations are sinners is wrong."
6th September 2013
Vatican denies widespread reports that Pope called gay student to say being gay ‘doesn’t matter’ 15
12:37 PM — The Vatican has moved quickly to "absolutely deny", widespread reports that Pope Francis personally phoned a gay student in Toulouse to say it "doesn't matter", whether he is gay or not.
3rd August 2013
Archbishop of Detroit: Pope’s comments on gay people represent ‘no change’ 30
12:30 PM — The Archbishop of Detroit has spoken out over excitement about Pope Francis' seemingly progressive comments on homosexuality, arguing that the pontiff "didn’t say anything different" to established Catholic teaching.
2nd August 2013
Anti-gay evangelist accuses US Supreme Court judge of being a ‘homosexualist’ 37
5:50 PM — An anti-gay evangelist has written a column which accuses one of the US Supreme Court justices of being a "homosexualist" for ruling in favour of gay rights in the past.
1st August 2013
Philippines: Archbishop agrees with Pope Francis about judging others, but says that gay people must ‘behave’ 37
2:20 PM — Archbishop-emeritus Oscar Cruz has said he agrees with Pope Francis that gay people should not be judged, but also urged they should avoid actions that would make them "laughing stocks".