Two lesbian Reverend sisters who fell in love during a mission in West Africa decided to get married after Pope Francis’ famous ‘Who am I to judge’ comment which condemned people from judging gay people.
Vatican Deputy Secretary of State Archbishop Angelo Becciu, has revealed that Pope Francis was left visibly upset when he heard that the two former nuns finally tied the knot.
The sisters identified as Sister Federica and Sister Isabel, got married in a secret civil ceremony in Pinerolo, near Turin, Italy on September 28, 2016
The unperturbed duo revealed that they decided to follow their hearts after hearing the Pope’s comments on gay people in 2013 when he famously said: ‘Who am I to judge?’
Becciu wrote on Twitter: “How much sadness on the pope’s face when I read him the news of the two married ‘nuns’!”
During an interview with La Repubblica, Federica, 44, from Italy, and Isabel, 40, from South America, declared their love was a ‘gift from God’.
They said they did not want to just live together in a convent and keep their relationship under wraps as this would be ‘false’.
The couple revealed they decided to act on their feelings when Pope Francis encouraged those in the Catholic Church not to judge others.
During an interview in 2013, the religious leader said: “If a person is gay and seeks the Lord and has good will, well who am I to judge them?’
The two nuns said: “That phrase has opened our hearts.”
They took advantage of a law passed this year that offers homosexual couples legal recognition in Italy – one of the last countries in the West to do so.
Pope Francis had last week said all transsexuals and homosexuals should be ‘welcomed’ and embraced by the Catholic Church.
He said Jesus would never have turned away transgender people and revealed he had ministered to homosexuals as a priest, bishop and now as Pope.
He said: “When a person arrives before Jesus, Jesus certainly will not say, ‘Go away because you are homosexual’.
“Each case must be welcomed, accompanied, studied, discerned and integrated. This is what Jesus would do today.”
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