The Pope welcomed the world’s only gay leader and his husband to the Vatican in an unprecedented bridge between faith and politics. Pope Francis met with Luxembourg’s Prime Minister Xavier Bettel and his partner Gauthier Destenay. Bettel is currently the only acting openly gay governmental head (though not the first LGBT leader, that honor belongs to Iceland’s Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir and Belgium’s Elio Di Rupo).
The invitation was part of a larger day of reflection over the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome that is credited as a first step in creating a united Europe.
The couple were greeted by the Pope’s Archbishop Ganswein and welcomed like any other married couple.
While no word on whether they were able to have a conversation with the Pope, Bettel took to Twitter to say: “It was a great pleasure and honour for me and Gauthier to be welcomed by the leader of the Catholic church. XB,” Bettel later tweeted.