Pope Francis Hand Writes Letter to Gay Italian Catholics

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Pope Francis has once again expressed his comparably progressive views on homosexuality—this time through good old-fashioned snail mail. According to a recent America Magazine report, the Pope took to pen and paper to personally reply to a letter sent to the Vatican in June by Kairos of Florence, a group of LGBT Italian Catholics.  In the letter the group called for “openness and dialogue” between LGBT Catholics and the Church, noting that letters sent by the group in the past had been consistently met with silence by Pope Francis’ predecessors. The group also reportedly received a letter from the Vatican Secretariat of State noting that the Pope “really enjoyed” their correspondence and appreciated the style in which it was written.  While the group has chosen not to reveal the details of either message, they noted that Pope Francis’ response conveyed his blessing. Though no official changes have been made to Catholic doctrine regarding homosexuality, in the public media Pope Francis, in comparison to popes of the past, continues to show increasing acceptance towards the LGBT community.

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