Pope Francis Invited to Visit New York’s Homeless LGBT Youth

How sad to be thrown out for who you are

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Following an open letter published in the New York Times last spring, Carl Siciliano, an advocate for the homeless, again wrote to Pope Francis on behalf of the LGBT youth for whom he provides care.

Siciliano heads the Ali Forney Center in New York, a social service agency helps young LGBT people experiencing homelessness. Often, they end up on the street because religious parents’ rejection of them. This second letter repeats the invitation to dialogue, this time during the Pope Francis’ visit to New York in September.  He also encouraged the pope to reconsider the church’s teachings on homosexuality because of the harm they cause.  The Huffington Post reported that Siciliano wrote to the pontiff:

“My hope has been strengthened by learning that you will come to New York City this September as a prelude to your participation in the World Conference of Families. What a remarkable opportunity for your to…

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