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Pope’s gay friend claims activists should credit Francis for steps to advance LGBT cause

Pope’s gay friend claims activists should credit Francis for steps to advance LGBT cause

by Lisa Bourne

WASHINGTON, D.C., November 6, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) -- The homosexual friend of Pope Francis who took his partner to meet the Catholic pontiff in DC in September is now defending the pope from gay activist critics upset over the controversial meeting with Kim Davis. Instead, Yayo Grassi claims, gay activists should credit Francis for his efforts to change the Church’s attitude on homosexual issues.

Word of the pope’s meeting with Grassi and his boyfriend, their second meeting as a couple with the pontiff, came immediately after the Vatican took steps to distance itself from Davis. After the news came out about the pope’s meeting with Davis, Vatican spokesmen rebuffed news headlines by claiming the audience with Grassi and his partner was “the only real audience” at the U.S. nunciature that day.

Grassi, a former student of the pope’s, said that Pope Francis is taking steps to change the Church on LGBT issues, and also claims the pope has told him that he never made some of the strongest statements in support of marriage attributed to him while still a cardinal in Argentina.

“He said as a matter of fact he never expressed himself about this question (gay marriage),” said Grassi. “And he ended up by saying something that to me is so important. He said, ‘believe me, in my pastoral work there is no place for homophobia.’”

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