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Pope meets with members of LGBTQ+ community, Vatican newspaper emphasizes

June 06, 2024

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CWN Editor's Note: In a front-page article, the Vatican newspaper emphasized that Pope Francis greeted homosexuals and transsexuals after his June 6 general audience. They were accompanied by Sister Geneviève Jeanningros, who has ministered “for 56 years in the midst of the LGBTQ+ community and carnies.”

The Pontiff, according to the newspaper, greeted her with the words, “Here she is, the enfant terrible,” before shaking hands, joking with people, giving a Rosary to one person, and giving a blessing.

Echoing a 2022 article, the Vatican newspaper reported that Sister Jeanningros brings a group of those to whom she ministers to almost every general audience—and that she will bring ten people, seven of them homosexuals, to next week’s audience.

The front-page article bore the busily-worded headline “From the Pope Sister Geneviève Jeanningros and trans and homosexuals: ‘Thanks to him we feel welcomed’”—suggesting a continued Vatican PR effort to address the Pope’s recent use of a crude term for homosexuals.

The relationship between the Pope, Sister Jeanningros, and those to whom she ministers “is sincere, without opportunism but made of benevolence and gratitude,” according to the newspaper. “A relationship that has not even been affected by the recent controversy over the expressions that the Pope is said to have uttered in a closed-door meeting: ‘Perhaps there was a bit of suffering at the beginning, but looking back they laughed and said: in reality this is not the case. The Pope loves little ones, he certainly doesn’t throw them away.’”

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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Jun. 06, 2024 11:25 PM ET USA

    The homosexual movement has been controlling the political agenda in the Catholic Church and U.S. society ever since the "fundamental transformation of America" (15 years ago) and the "paradigm shift in theology" (11 years ago) began. The "paradigm shift in theology" that was formalized last November was preceded by a gradual conquest of some seminaries, parishes, and dioceses by this political movement. The candid and unexpected comment by Francis last month partially acknowledged this fact.

  • Posted by: feedback - Jun. 06, 2024 8:01 AM ET USA

    News like this only emphasize the lack of benevolence and welcome this pope has for traditional faithful Catholic laity and clergy.