Paraguayan LGBT activist becomes first to attend meeting with Pope Francis
- Simón Cazal, executive director of advocacy organization Somosgay, was invited to attend the event that saw representatives of 1,600 organizations to see the Pope in Asunción.
- He became the first professional advocate to meet publicly with the Pope, who has previously visited LGBT prisoners and had private meetings.
- Cazal reported that the Pope spoke of dignity for all, in line with similar pronouncements he has made with regard to diversity in the Church.
“The local church insisted on talking about the family and other conservative issues. … He distanced himself from this discourse and highlighted diversity in its place. … The pope’s speech was very productive.”
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