Pope Addresses Church’s Stance On Same-Sex Marriage Bans

  • Pope Francis hosted a group of transgender women — many of whom are sex workers or migrants from Latin America — to a Vatican luncheon for the Catholic Church’s “World Day of the Poor” last week.
  • The pontiff and the transgender women have formed a close relationship since the pope came to their aid during the COVID-19 pandemic, when they were unable to work.
  • Now, they meet monthly for VIP visits with the pope and receive medicine, money and shampoo any day, according to The Associated Press.