Today, May 17th, is the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, and it will be marked around the world with commemorations in scores of countries.
In Italy this year, the Catholic LGBT organization Gionata (translated “Jonathan”) will host prayer vigils around their country. Three of those vigils will be supported by the local Catholic Cardinal in each location.
“Three Italian Catholic cardinals have agreed to prayer vigils held by the religious group Gionata for the victims of gay hate and discrimination for the first time.
“LGBT groups will pray for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Milan, Florence and Palermo, in Sicily as part of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) to be celebrated . . . in an estimated 100 countries around the world. . . .
“Cardinal Paolo Romeo, in Palermo, . . . [has] backed it, even though he banned the vigil last year. The liturgy there will be celebrated at 9pm . . . in the San Gabriele Arcangelo church.”
The cardinal in Milan is Cardinal Angelo Scola; in Florence, it is Cardinal Giuseppe Bettori.
Let us keep in prayer today all the victims and perpetrators of homophobia and transphobia. Let us pray, also, in thanksgiving for these three Catholic Cardinals who are supporting these prayer vigils.
–Francis DeBernardo, New Ways Ministry