GAY AC­TIVISTS LAUD ‘ FRAN­CIS EF­FECT’

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VAT­I­CAN CITY — A prom­i­nent Amer­i­can Catholic gay rights group was given VIP treat­ment for the first time at an au­di­ence with Pope Fran­cis yes­ter­day, a move mem­bers saw as a sign of change in the Ro­man Catholic Church.

“This is a sign of move­ment that’s due to the Fran­cis ef­fect,” said Sis­ter Jean­nine Gram­ick, co- founder of New Ways Min­istry, which min­is­ters to ho­mo­sex­ual Catholics and pro­motes gay rights in the 1,2 bil­lion- mem­ber Church.

Gram­ick and ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor Fran­cis DeBernardo led a pil­grim­age of 50 ho­mo­sex­ual Catholics to the au­di­ence in St Peter’s Square.

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