CNN Exclusive: Pope held private meeting with same-sex couple in U.S. / CNN

As we continue to assess the effects of Pope Francis’ first U.S. visit and look forward to the opening in a couple of days of the Bishops’ Synod on the Family. we get this interesting take on events from Daniel Burke at CNN.

The day before Pope Francis met anti-gay county clerk Kim Davis in Washington last week, he held a private meeting with a longtime friend from Argentina who has been in a same-sex relationship for 19 years.

“Yayo Grassi, an openly gay man, brought his partner, Iwan, as well (as) several other friends to the Vatican Embassy on September 23 for a brief visit with the Pope. A video of the meeting shows Grassi and Francis greeting each other with a warm hug.

“In an exclusive interview with CNN, Grassi declined to disclose details about the short visit, but said it was arranged personally by the Pope via email in the weeks ahead of Francis’ highly anticipated visit to the United States.

“‘Three weeks before the trip, he called me on the phone and said he would love to give me a hug,’ Grassi said.

“The meeting between Grassi and the Pope adds another intriguing twist to the strange aftermath of Francis’ first-ever trip to the United States. Since news broke on Tuesday (Sept. 29) of Francis’ meeting with Davis, conservatives have cheered the seemingly implicit endorsement, while liberals have questioned how much the Pope knew about her case.

“In a statement on Friday, the Vatican said that the meeting with Davis was not intended as a show of support for her cause and said “the only real audience granted by the Pope at the nunciature (embassy) was with one of his former students and his family.'”

By Daniel Burke, CNN Religion Editor — Click here to read the rest of this story.

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  1. #1 by glorybe1929 on October 2, 2015 - 4:24 PM

    To me the Popes actions & words, support what I have written. !! Right?


  2. #2 by glorybe1929 on October 2, 2015 - 4:10 PM

    I guess what the Pope is saying, ” do your own thing, ” divorce, remarry and still come to church and say nothing t o anybody. Its your life, He says we’re all sinners, just keep it quiet. Its nobodies business but yours & Gods.. Instruct your children re: this truth,..including clergy. No pedestals for anyone, even the Pope..As to confession , talk to GOD about that. Not with a priest. The sacrament . of communion is for you, from God and only you are able to have the Lord with you! No priest is given that for you. only for himself. We are,all equal in the eyes of the Lord. We use our gifts to glorify (( HIM)t)the Lord, not our selves or others.If you want to tithe do. what you want with your money not what they say. Be in control of your own spiritual life. Its yours, no one else’s! No one knows you like you and your Savior.! Do the best you can to honor God (not by what an institution tells you.) but in all you .DO GOD’S WILL
    Spread His Word by living an honorable life in HIM
    As to anything you find in your church that is against the Law. Fight for your freedom and the rights of others in every way possible.Stay true to your GOD given morals, laws & concience.
    This is is what HE is saying to me, not for me.. Maybe no one else could do this. I rebelled and have a new church I feel GOD is with me in & I am comfortable with my GOD IN ALL WAYS. HE IS WITH ME & WILL NEVER LEAVE ME OR FORSAKE ME!” AMEN! gloria


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