Pope Francis: ‘I would love to visit and talk to US gay and lesbian people”

Huffington Post reports that a visiting American priest gave a DVD about LGBT Catholics to Pope Francis, who replied: ‘I would love to visit and talk to gay and lesbian people’.
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Father Gil Martinez, pastor at the Church of St. Paul the Apostle in New York City, explained to host Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani on Thursday that when he was celebrating mass at the Pope’s house chapel, he handed the pontiff a DVD titled, “Owning Our Faith,” which tells stories about LGBT Catholics and their relationship to the church.

“I gave [the DVD] to him and I said, ‘This is from the gays and lesbians of the United States,'” Father Martinez remembered, and recalled that the two had a brief conversation in Spanish about the Pope’s upcoming trip to the United States.

“I said, ‘If you could watch it, it would be great,” Martinez said, to which the Pope (amusingly) inquired as to whether it was a proper “european DVD.”

“He thanked me very much and he said, ‘I would love to visit and talk to gay and lesbian people and please tell the gays to pray for me and I shall pray for them,'” Martinez said. “It was a really great, great moment.”

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