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Pope Francis’ Blessing Document Revolutionizes All Pastoral Care

Pope Francis is bringing to an end the exclusionary practices of the previous two pontiffs by affirming that God's mercy is not something humans can limit. Read More

Open to God’s surprising Incarnations

The Fourth Sunday of Advent beckons us to the threshold of Christmas (this year a bit more literally), inviting us to reflect on the intertwining themes of hope, trust, and the fulfillment of God's promises. Read More

Blessing LGBTQ+ Couples Is “Real Development” in Church Teaching, Says Vatican

Pope Francis has approved blessing same-gender couples in what the Vatican's doctrinal office referred to as a "real development" in church, emphasizing now that "God never turns away anyone who approaches him!” Read More

New Ways Ministry: Pope’s Blessings Approval Is Early Christmas Gift to LGBTQ+ Catholics

LGBTQ+ Catholics worldwide welcome this early Christmas gift, which brings them much closer to being full and equal members of the Church they love so dearly. Read More

“Out 100” List for 2023 Includes Papal Advisor Juan Carlos Cruz; And More News

Juan Carlos Cruz, a close friend to Pope Francis, is honored by an LGBTQ+ publication, one theologian remembers a DignityUSA founder, and more news. Read More

Sister Jeannine Gramick, Co-Founder of New Ways Ministry, Named “Newsmaker of 2023”

Sr. Jeannine Gramick, SL, co-founder of New Ways Ministry, has been named "Newsmaker of 2023" by the National Catholic Reporter, whose year-end review highlighted Catholics on the margin. Read More

Are Trans Catholics Welcome in the Church? This May Not Be the Right Question.

Perhaps this Advent season is a time to listen and amplify the voices of those on the margins, to allow those trans Catholic voices crying out to be heard by the wider church. Read More

Vatican Letter Critical of Pro-LGBTQ+ German Catholics Escalates Tensions

The conflict between German Catholics and the Vatican has reached a new low. The Vatican released a letter criticizing the German church, specifically about has and women's ordination, while one top bishop forcefully defended the German faithful's efforts. Read More

Pope Francis Hosts Transgender Women for Vatican Luncheon

Pope Francis welcomed a group of transgender women, with whom he has formed an ongoing relationship, to a luncheon at the Vatican last week marking the church's World Day of the Poor. Read More

New Ways Ministry: Vatican’s Transgender Guidance Reflects Pope’s Pastoral Approach

The Vatican’s affirmation that transgender people should be welcomed in the church’s sacramental life signals Pope Francis’ desire for a pastorally-focused approach to LGBTQ+ issues is taking hold. Read More