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Meet Francis DeBernardo

Francis DeBernado

Francis DeBernardo has served since 1996 as Executive Director of New Ways Ministry, a 41-year old national Catholic ministry of justice and reconciliation for LGBT Catholics and the wider Church community. He has conducted programs on LGBT issues and Catholicism in religious and secular settings throughout the United States, Latin America, and Europe. He has published articles in Commonweal, National Catholic Reporter, and American Catholic, and he is the author of Marriage Equality: A Positive Catholic Approach. He is the editor and a contributor to Bondings 2.0, a daily blog of Catholic LGBTQ news, opinion, and spirituality. He was the keynote speaker at the conference on religion and LGBTQ issues at the first World Pride event in Rome, Italy, and was a featured speaker at an interfaith conference at World Pride 2012 in London, England. In October 2015, he was given press credentials by the Vatican to cover the Synod on the Family in Rome, where he raised the issue of LGBTQ criminalization laws with bishops and Vatican officials participating in the meeting.

He was granted press credentials for the World Meeting of Families 2018, and he will be reporting daily on LGBTQ news from Dublin.