Conference 2015 Ways of Love − Snapshots of Catholic Encounter with LGBT People and their Families

An international network of 13 organizations of/with LGBT Catholics met for the first time during the Family Synod 2014 in Rome and since then we have worked together to initiate a global network of LGBTQI Catholics, their parents and families.

We are very happy to announce and invite you to the First Assembly of the Global Network of Rainbow Catholics, the foundational meeting of the new network. Under the title “LGBT Voices to the Synod“, this meeting will take place from 1−4 October 2015 in Rome, on the opening weekend of the second Family Synod.

Part of the program is a public conference “Ways of Love – Snapshots of Catholic Encounter with LGBT People and their Families”. This conference will present LGBT pastoral activities from all over the world that are already going on.

Invited are groups and organizations of LGBT Catholics, their parents and families as well as ecumenical groups with significant numbers of Catholic members; also advocates who work for inclusion, dignity and equality for LGBT people, their parents and families in the Catholic Church.
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Michael Brinkschroeder (European Forum of LGBT Christian Groups – Coordinator Roman Catholic Church Activities).

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Global Network of Rainbow Catholics. A Letter to All Delegates at the 2015 Synod on the Family

Global Network of Rainbow Catholics, October 4th, 2015

Dear Sisters and Brothers at the Synod on the Family,
 Greetings from the new-born Global Network of Rainbow Catholics! We are a group of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Catholics, and along with our loving families and friends, we have spent the last few days not far from you, in Rome, consolidating two years of work, which have advanced alongside your double Synod preparations.

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Bishop Raul Vera

Bishop Raúl Vera OP (born Acámbaro, 1945), Studied Chemical engineering at UNAM, friar of the Dominican Province of Mexico since 1968. Ordained priest by Paul VI in 1975, and Bishop by John Paul II in 1988. He has served as Bishop in Ciudad Altamirano, Guerrero, as Coadjutor in San Cristobal de las Casas, and, since 1999 in Saltillo, Coahuila, his current residence.

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Global Network of Rainbow Catholics. Invitation to the foundational meeting

We are very happy to announce and invite you to the First Assembly of theGlobal Network of Rainbow Catholics, the foundational meeting of the new network. Under the title “LGBT Voices to the Synod“, this meeting will take place from 1−4 October 2015 in Rome, on the opening weekend of the second Family Synod.
Part of the program is a public conference “Ways of Love – Snapshots of Catholic Encounter with LGBT People and their Families”. This conference will present LGBT pastoral activities from all over the world that are already going on.

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Robert Mickens

Robert Mickens is a Rome-based journalist that has been reporting and commenting on the Vatican and the Catholic Church the past three decades. He is currently editor of Global Pulse, an online magazine launched in late 2014 by the Union of Catholic Asian News (UCAN) in collaboration with the French daily, La Croix, and the US bi-weekly, Commonweal.

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