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Pope's visit will have 'the world's attention'

Below is an excerpt from an article by the Courier-Post which features Marianne Duddy-Burke, Executive Director of DignityUSA, talking about why her family chose to participate in Equally Blessed's pilgrimage to World Meeting of Families. Learn more about Equally Blessed's World Meeting of Families pilgrimage.

March 23, 2015-- Marianne Duddy-Burke, a Boston woman who leads DignityUSA, a group of gay Catholics, said she's hoping for a symbolic gesture from Francis.

"As a gay family, we're going (to the World Meeting) to talk about our experiences," said the married mother of two. "We want them to know what it's like to try to live an authentically faithful life as a Catholic family with two moms."

LGBT advocates ponder how to benefit from Francis' visit

Below is an excerpt from an article by Philadelphia Inquirer on the important opportunity for LGBTQ Catholics to participate in Pope Francis' World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia. Read about Equally Blessed's commitment to send 14 LGBTQ Catholics and their family members to World Meeting of Families.

March 24, 2015-- Otto and Lassiter said a local Dignity chapter could be an "organizing tool" for the group. Dignity was founded in 1969 and has a membership of about 6,000 spread across 35 chapters.

Yet Dignity has "not been invited to participate" in the World Meeting, executive director Marianne Duddy-Burke said from the organization's Boston headquarters.

Catholic Bishops In United Kingdom Open Dialogue Before Synod On The Family

(This is an excerpt from an article written by Bob Shine of New Ways Ministry that was posted on Believe Out Loud.)

November 18, 2014- Such an open discussion is what is needed here in the United States, and it was exactly that kind of discussion that Equally Blessed, a coalition of Catholic groups that work for LGBT equality, asked of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) last week. Coalition members including Call To ActionDignityUSAFortunate FamiliesNew Ways Ministry, sent a letter to the conference last week in which they asked the bishops the following:

LGBT Groups Against ENDA's Religious Exemption

(Excerpt from a June 19 article from PrideSource)

The pro-LGBT Catholic group Equally Blessed, which includes Dignity/USA, New Ways Ministry and Chicago-based Call to Action, among others, wrote (on September 16, 2013) to senators in support of ENDA but at the same time, the coalition raised concerns about any religious exemptions.

Cordileone Defends Marriage March Speech

(Excerpt from Bay Area News article, June 19, 2014)

On Tuesday, local Catholic and faith community leaders delivered about 30,000 petitions to the San Francisco Archdiocese, urging Cordileone to cancel his speaking engagement.

Last weekend, local members of the grassroots group Equally Blessed handed out fliers in front of LGBT-friendly Catholic churches in San Francisco, alerting parishioners to the controversy and urging them to contact the archdiocese.

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