For gay Catholics, pope's U.S. visit a chance to get closer

September 19, 2015 11:13 AM

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For gay Catholics, pope's U.S. visit a chance to get closer

NEW YORK For months, gay Catholics have laid out plans for Pope Francis' visit to the United States: They will fly rainbow flags, wear rainbow prayer cloths, carry rainbow rosaries. A Tumblr page is being set up, an online petition will circulate.

Gay rights activists say they have no intention of staging protests, sit-ins or large-scale demonstrations during the September 22-27 visit over the treatment of gay Catholics by Church leaders, who have lobbied against same-sex marriage and forced the firings of gay workers from their institutions.

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