Pope Francis catches a football jersey thrown by a pilgrim during his weekly general audience at St Peter's square on February 18, 2015 at the Vatican. AFP PHOTO/VINCENZO PINTO
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A prominent American Catholic gay rights group was given VIP treatment for the first time at an audience with Pope Francis Wednesday, a move members saw as a sign of change in the Roman Catholic Church.Gramick and executive director Francis DeBernardo led a pilgrimage of 50 homosexual Catholics to the audience in St. Peter's Square.Last October, bishops from around the world meeting in Rome to debate questions concerning family issued an interim report calling for greater acceptance of gays in the Church.DeBernardo said Catholic gay and lesbian couples and other non-traditional families should be invited to the meeting, known as a synod, to speak to the bishops about their faith and their sexuality.
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