Pope’s visit will have ‘the world’s attention’

Below is an excerpt from an article by the Courier-Post which features Marianne Duddy-Burke, Executive Director of DignityUSA, talking about why her family chose to participate in Equally Blessed’s pilgrimage to World Meeting of Families. Learn more about Equally Blessed’s World Meeting of Families pilgrimage.

March 23, 2015– Marianne Duddy-Burke, a Boston woman who leads DignityUSA, a group of gay Catholics, said she’s hoping for a symbolic gesture from Francis.

“As a gay family, we’re going (to the World Meeting) to talk about our experiences,” said the married mother of two. “We want them to know what it’s like to try to live an authentically faithful life as a Catholic family with two moms.

“I think a visible sign of the pope listening to our stories would be important,” said Duddy-Burke.

Indeed, any comment or action by Francis is magnified by his prominence, said O’Connell.

“This guy has the world’s attention,” said the Trenton bishop, who was Francis’ guest in the Vatican over the Christmas holidays. “I think it’s because of his tone. His tone is gentle; he talks about mercy and compassion.

“He wants to create a kinder, gentler church that will be open and inclusive so that people won’t leave it or run away from it.”

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