23rd July 2013
Prelate of Vatican bank reportedly ready to resign over ‘gay lobby’ scandal 25
7:17 PM — The Prelate of the Vatican bank, who is facing claims of inappropriate sexual behaviour, has offered to resign, according to an Italian news agency.
Brazil: Gay kiss-in planned to take place during visit by Pope Francis 8
3:59 PM — A kiss-in has been planned in Brazil to coincide with a speech by Pope Francis, to show support for gay rights.
19th July 2013
Vatican denies Vatican bank prelate linked with ‘gay lobby’ 9
11:01 AM — Vatican officials have moved to deny reports that a cleric hand-picked by Pope Francis to reform the troubled Vatican bank is protected by a “gay lobby”.
10th July 2013
Elton John praises Pope Francis as he’s named ‘Man of the Year’ by Vanity Fair 47
10:53 AM — Sir Elton John says Pope Francis “is a miracle of humility in an era of vanity”.
5th July 2013
Pope Francis and Benedict XVI united in their opposition to equal marriage 68
2:50 PM — The Vatican has issued an unprecedented religious text co-written by Pope Francis and his predecessor Benedict XVI in which the two men restate their opposition to equal marriage.
Pope John Paul II who called gay rights the ‘new ideology of evil’ to become a saint 71
1:12 PM — Pope John Paul II who famously described gay rights advances such as same-sex marriage as a "new ideology of evil" is to be canonised as a saint, it was announced today.
15th June 2013
Pope Francis urges French delegates not to follow ‘fashionable’ ideas 39
8:22 PM — In a meeting with a delegation of French legislators in the Vatican City today, Pope Francis urged for religion to be considered in lawmaking. While avoiding particular mention of the country's recent legalisation of same-sex marriage, he warned against picking "fashionable" ideas over religious "spirit".
12th June 2013
Latin American Catholic Church group says ‘sorry’ for Pope Francis’s ‘gay lobby’ remarks 2
11:01 AM — A Latin American Catholic Church group has apologised for the "confusion" caused by the publication of members' accounts of a meeting with Pope Francis where he is quoted as referring to a “gay lobby” inside the Curia.
11th June 2013
Pope Francis: There is a ‘gay lobby’ at the heart of the Vatican ‘it exists’ 51
2:07 PM — Pope Francis has admitted to the existence of a "gay lobby" inside the Vatican's secretive administration, the Curia, according to AFP.
22nd May 2013
Italy: LGBT-supporting priest who called for an openly gay Pope dies at 84 12
7:09 PM — Don Andrea Gallo, known as the "street priest" for his community work, and who called for an openly gay man to replace Pope Benedict XVI, has died at the age of 84.
15th May 2013
Vatican says Cardinal Keith O’Brien to leave Scotland for ‘spiritual renewal, prayer and penance’ 23
3:01 PM — Cardinal Keith O'Brien is to leave Scotland for several months after admitting improper sexual conduct, the Vatican has announced.
3rd May 2013
US: Catholics protest in Detroit against archbishop’s anti-gay stance 7
1:32 PM — The Catholic archbishop of Detroit, in the US state of Michigan, has been subject to protests, as he recently proclaimed that supporters of equal marriage should not take communion.
29th April 2013
Vatican not to conduct inquiry into Cardinal Keith O’Brien’s ‘inappropriate sexual conduct’ 44
2:36 PM — The Catholic Church is to take no further action over Cardinal Keith O'Brien's admission of inappropriate "sexual conduct", following accusations from four priests.
13th April 2013
Argentina: Catholic priest expelled from church for supporting equal marriage 57
1:20 AM — A Catholic priest in Argentina has been expelled from the church following an investigation after he voiced his support for equal marriage in the country.
12th April 2013
South African cardinal: ‘I can’t be accused of homophobia because I don’t know any homosexuals’ 65
6:22 PM — A South African cardinal has rejected accusations that he is homophobic, saying it is impossible because he knows no gay people.
27th March 2013
Argentina: Gay couple attacked by group in the name of Pope Francis 30
5:28 PM — A gay couple was reportedly assaulted by a group of people in the Argentine city of San Isidro last Saturday, with the attackers allegedly defending their actions due to the nationality of the new Pope.
20th March 2013
Pope Francis stood up for civil unions in an attempt to avoid equal marriage in Argentina 12
3:38 PM — The new pope privately stood up for civil unions in Argentina in 2010, in a bid to stop the country from legalising equal marriage.
Pope Francis criticised for greeting Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe 39
2:13 PM — Pope Francis has been criticised by human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell for meeting with President Robert Mugabe.
18th March 2013
US Columnist: Obama is waging war on Catholicism with equal marriage ‘Trojan Horse’ 31
5:46 PM — Referring to the election of the new Pope Francis, a columnist from the US has accused President Obama of being "an enemy of the church", and that equal marriage is a "Trojan horse aimed at smashing the family".
17th March 2013
Priest accuses Keith O’Brien of groping him hours after he became a cardinal 29
6:34 PM — Cardinal Keith O'Brien faces more accusations of sexual misconduct, as a priest has alleged that he groped him in 2003, just hours after becoming a cardinal.