Antonietta Potente: “From Exile to inclusion, from waiting to participation: … and we will remain voluntarily in exile”

Presentation by Antonietta Potente, theologian and Dominican Italian nun based in Boliviafor “The ways of Love”, an International Conference towards pastoral care with homosexual and trans people (Rome, Italy, October 3, 2014)

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We re-read the long history of exclusion; we collect together the unique stories of those who have, with their dreams, broken through the cultural and religious walls built by the collective imagination concerning gender. Today, for a change, we participate in a way of recovery and dignity; however, even so, we will continue to tread the paths of exile, if this is what Gospel boldness and life in the Spirit means in the socio-political circumstances in which our faith comes into play.

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Letizia Tomassone: “The path of Protestant churches from prejudice to full inclusion of LGBT people”

Presentation by Letizia Tomassone (President of the BMV Commission on “Faith and Homosexuality”) for “The ways of Love”, an International Conference towards pastoral care with homosexual and trans people (Rome, Italy, October 3, 2014)

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Our history begins in Agape[1], an ecumenical center where, during the summer of 1979, was going on a summer camp. One day came from Torino a man who asked for a place of dignity for gay and lesbians in the churches.

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Joseanne Peregin: “Fears and hopes as a Catholic mother of a gay son – a parent’s perspective”

Presentation by Joseanne Peregin (President of Christian Life Community, Malta – “LGBT children’s parents’s fears and expectations”) for “The ways of Love”, an International Conference towards pastoral care with homosexual and trans people (Rome, Italy, October 3, 2014)
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Never in my wildest dreams would I have ever imagined I would be giving a speech to theologians. But then again, never would I have ever dreamt that one day, I would be the mother of a gay son either. I come from the tiny island of Malta, where everybody knows everyone and most of us are traditional Catholics.

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Conference “When Identity Becomes a Crime – Criminalization of Homosexuality Globally” (Rome, 11 October 2014)

In about 80 countries of the world, homosexuality is criminalized, and imprisonment or corporeal punishment are the penalties. Seven countries have even instituteted the death penalty as a sentence for homosexual “offences”. Uganda and Nigeria were forerunners of a new wave in African countries in threatening with life sentences. With Gambia and the Tchad, only in the last week two further countries have decided to follow this same path. The legal situation forces LGBT people into a life in fear and desperation, very often leaving no other option than fleeing and becoming a refugee.

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“The ways of love.” Walking towards a pastoral reception of LGBT people

An interview with Andrea Rubera, co-spokesperson of the Conference. By Silvia Lanzi of the Gionata Project
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Le strade dell’amore – The ways of love” is the title of the International Conference for a Pastoral Care of Homosexual and Trans People that will take place in Rome (Italy) on 3 October 2014. Also in Rome during October, the Extraordinary Synod on the Family will take place, and it is for this reason that many different Christian LGBT organisations are going to meet to review progress on an essential issue for people of faith: pastoral care. We asked Andrea Rubera, one of the two spokespersons of the conference, and president of Nuova Proposta, to answer to some questions about this issue.

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“The Ways of Love”. An international conference in Rome will draw up a proposal to welcome LGBT people to be sent to the Synod of the Bishops of the Catholic Church.

Two days before the Synod of Bishops on the family, which will take place in the Vatican between 5 and 19 October 2014, various associations and Catholic groups from Europe, Africa and the United States of America will meet in Rome (On 3 October 2014) for the International Conference “The Ways of love, towards a pastoral care for LGBT people”.

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