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Pope held private meeting with gay couple in U.S.

Pope Francis met with Iwan Bagus, right, and Yayo Grassi, left. Photo: CNN

Pope Francis met with Iwan Bagus, right, and Yayo Grassi, left. Photo: CNN

Over the last few days the Pope’s visit with anti-gay County Clerk Kim Davis has dominated the news and received an inordinate amount of coverage. Now it has been revealed that th day before this meeting took place the Pope met with a gay couple in a private meeting.

CNN reports that the Pope met with a longtime friend from Argentina who has been in a same-sex relationship for 19 years. Yayo Grassi, an openly gay man, brought his partner, Iwan Bagus, as well several other friends to the Vatican Embassy Sept. 23 for a brief visit with the Pope. A video of the meeting shows Grassi and Francis greeting each other with a warm hug.

Grassi told CNN that the visit was arranged personally with the Pope via email in the weeks ahead of Francis’ highly anticipated visit to the United States.

“Three weeks before the trip, he called me on the phone and said he would love to give me a hug,” Grassi said.

Reacting to the news, Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) released the following statement, that appeared to backtrack on HRC’s initial raction to the Davis meetinmg.

“It is heartening news that Pope Francis met privately with his friend and former student, Yayo Grassi, and his partner of 19 years, Iwan,” said Griffin. “It now not only appears that the Pope’s encounter with Kim Davis has been mischaracterized, but that Pope Francis embraced these longtime friends.”



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