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‘God welcomes all’, Pope Francis okays same-sex marriage



The head of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis has granted permission for priests to bestow blessings upon same-sex couples, another significant milestone for the LGBTQ+ community within the Roman Catholic Church.

According to a BBC report, the head of the Roman Catholic Church stated that, in some cases, priests ought to be able to bless same-sex and “irregular” couples.

The Vatican, however, emphasised that blessings should not be incorporated into routine Church ceremonies or associated with civil unions or weddings.

It added that it continues to view marriage as between a man and a woman.

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A Vatican document outlining the move was approved by Pope Francis on Monday.

Though, the document itself states that priests must make decisions on a case-by-case basis, the Vatican said it should be a sign that “God welcomes all.”

Cardinal Víctor Manuel Fernández, the prefect of the Church, while introducing the text, made it clear that the revised position does not confer official recognition to same-sex couples within the Catholic Church.

The declaration, however, signifies a shift in tone, albeit without altering its stance. The Pope had in 2021 declared that priests are prohibited from bestowing blessings upon same-sex marriages, citing the belief that God cannot “bless sin”.

Ripples Nigeria recalls that in October, Pope Francis hinted that he might be willing to see same-sex couples blessed by the Church.

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