> ANSA English > News

Puglia's gay governor says pope is raising hope

Francis using delicate approach on sensitive issues - Vendola

20 September, 17:06
Puglia's gay governor says pope is raising hope (ANSA) - Rome, September 20 - Pope Francis's comments this week on controversial issues such as homosexuality, divorce and abortion are giving people new hope during desperate times, Puglia's openly gay governor, Nichi Vendola, said Friday.

"In the face of despair of the world - despair that is the result of the (economic) crisis, poverty and scarcity - Pope Francis has recovered rare examples of vocabulary that give us hope for change on the horizon," said Vendola, the leader of the Left Ecology Freedom party (SEL).

In an interview published Thursday in a Jesuit journal, Pope Francis said the Catholic Church should not be "obsessed" with preaching about abortion, gay marriage and contraception but instead, should reach out to individuals.

"We have to find a new balance - otherwise even the moral edifice of the Church is likely to fall like a house of cards, losing the freshness and fragrance of the Gospel," the pope was quoted as saying.