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Pope Francis, transgenders meet @Rome church - ITREALMS

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The Catholic pontiff, Pope Francis has met with a fourth group of transgenders who found shelter at a Rome church, reports ITREALMS.
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According to the Vatican-based newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, the encounter took place Wednesday on the sidelines of Francis' weekly general audience and quoted Sister Genevieve Jeanningros and the Rev. Andrea Conocchia as saying the pope's welcome brought their some hope for the guests.

ITREALMS recalled that the Blessed Immaculate Virgin community in the Torvaianica neighborhood on Rome's outskirts opened its doors to transgender people during the coronavirus pandemic. Even as Pope Francis had previously met with some of them on April 27, June 22 and August 3 in that order.

The paper equally quoted Sister Jeanningros as saying "No one should encounter injustice or be thrown away, everyone has dignity of being a child of God."

Francis has earned praise from some members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LBGTQ) community for his outreach. 

When asked in 2013 about a purportedly gay priest, Pope Francis replied, "Who am I to judge?" He has met individually and in groups with transgender people over the course of his pontificate.

But he has strongly opposed "gender theory" and has not changed church teaching that holds that homosexual acts are "intrinsically disordered." 

In 2021, he allowed publication of a Vatican document asserting that the Catholic Church cannot bless same-sex unions since "God cannot bless sin."

Recently, Francis wrote a letter praising the initiative of a Jesuit-run ministry for LGBTQ Catholics, called Outreach. The online resource is run by the Rev. James Martin, author of "Building a Bridge," a book about the need for the church to better welcome and minister to LGBTQ Catholics.

Of late, Pope Francis applauded a recent outreach event at New York's Jesuit-run Fordham University, and encouraged organizers "to keep working in the culture of encounter, which shortens the distances and enriches us with differences, in the same manner of Jesus, who made himself close to everyone."

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