Transgender man has private audience with Pope Francis [Link]

Originally posted in the Washington Blade

Catholic, gay news, Washington Blade

A transgender man from Spain had a private audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Saturday.

Hoy, a newspaper in the Extremadura region of Spain, reported that Diego Neria Lejárraga and his fiancée had a private audience with the pontiff that took place at his official residence.

Neria told Francis in a letter that some of his fellow parishioners at the church he attends in the Spanish city of Plasencia rejected him after he underwent sex-reassignment surgery. He said a priest even called him “the devil’s daughter.”

Francis called Neria on Christmas Eve after receiving his letter.

The private audience took place a month later.

“After hearing him on many occasions, I felt that he would listen to me,” Neria told Hoy in an interview the newspaper published on Sunday.

[Read full article here.]

5 thoughts on “Transgender man has private audience with Pope Francis [Link]

  1. Thanks Anna for your insightful posts. Do you know where the Interview with Pope F is in English?
    Btw, see my FB (Laura A Thor DMin LCSW) or site for next retreat in April near Milwaukee…

    • Well since it was a private audience, I’m guessing what went on in their meeting won’t be released to the public. 😛
      And I just liked the event on fb! Hopefully I’ll be able to make it out!

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