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Pope Francis gives his apostolic exhortation

Pope Francis’ long-awaited apostolic exhortation — “Amoris Laetitia,” or “The Joy of Love” — was just released. 

The good news is that he urges church leaders to be pastors rather than church bureaucrats. The request wasn’t surprising because Pope Francis immediately taking the reigns of the Catholic Church displayed a pastoral countenance to his papacy. 

Bombshell! Catholic bishops alter attitude toward the gays

Heeding the conciliatory tone of Pope Francis, Roman Catholic bishops today opened their arms to the gays in a stunning thawing of the Church's attitude toward the LGBT community.

22 biggest queer political stories of 2013

Sure, 2013 will go down as a another huge year in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) victories, with marriage equality surging forward in the states and at the Supreme Court, transgender students wining major protections in California and "ex-gay" therapy to minors banned in New Jersey.

RGOD2: Terror in the name of religion

SDGLN Contributor the Rev. Canon Albert Ogle is in Italy as Pope Francis and other faith leaders are taking a hard look at church reforms.

RGOD2: The courage to hope

The Rev. Canon Albert Ogle and St. Paul's Foundation is in Rome pushing for the end the global persecution of LGBT people.

RGOD2: When in Rome ...

St. Paul’s Foundation has four delegates in Rome this week to petition the Roman Catholic Church’s support on LGBT issues, particularly around access to HIV health services in the 76 countries where it remains illegal to be LGBT.

COMMENTARY: What Pope Francis has known about gay priests

Pope Francis continues to send seismic shock waves across the globe with his liberal-leaning pronouncements. And they are the most affirmative remarks the world has ever heard on the dicey subjects of abortion, contraception and same-gender marriage.

RGOD2: Banking on the Pope and the World Bank

The leaders of two major global institutions, Pope Francis and Jim Kim, president of the World Bank, are both pressing a deeper dialogue for LGBT inclusion and support on an unimaginable scale. Can management and grass roots engagement and programs turn these symbolic gestures into reality?