Vatican to give blessings for same-sex couples – level 1

25-12-2023 15:00

This news is from the Vatican. Pope Francis says yes to a new rule.

This rule says that priests in the Catholic Church can give blessings to same-sex couples. This is a big change. It shows that God welcomes everyone. The rule says priests can decide to bless anyone who asks for God’s help. But it is not the same as getting married. The Church says that it is okay when a woman likes another woman or when a man likes another man. But some things are wrong.

Some people are happy about this change. Others think that it may bring problems to the Church. The new rule says the blessing should not look like a usual wedding. It can happen in different places.

Difficult words: priest (a religious leader in the Christian Church), blessing (God’s help), wedding (a ceremony in which two people marry).

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