Pope Francis permits blessings for same-sex couples under conditions

09:45 PM | 19 Dec, 2023
Pope Francis permits blessings for same-sex couples under conditions
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The Vatican has authorised Roman Catholic priests to bestow blessings on same-sex couples, provided that the blessings are not offered during ordinary church liturgies or rituals, nor in situations pertaining to civil unions or marriages.

According to a letter from the Vatican's doctrinal office that Pope Francis signed on Monday, these benefits would indicate that God welcomes everyone rather than justify unusual circumstances.

It was stated in the paper that although "this blessing should never be imparted in concurrence with the ceremonies of a civil union, and not even in connection with them," it was supported for "couples in irregular situations and for couples of the same sex."

Priests "should not prevent or prohibit the Church's closeness to people in every situation in which they might seek God's help through a simple blessing," according to the statement, and should make decisions on a case-by-case basis.

The letter Francis wrote to two conservative cardinals was made public in October. In that initial statement, Francis said that provided they did not mistake the ceremony for the sacrament of marriage, then in certain cases, such blessings may be given.

New document restates and expands on that reasoning, reiterating that marriage is a sacrament that lasts a lifetime between a man and a woman. It emphasises that blessings shouldn't be given concurrently with a civil union, following predetermined procedures, or even dressing and acting in a way appropriate for a wedding.

According to the Vatican, a marriage is an unbreakable bond between a man and a woman. It has therefore long been against same-sex marriage.

Furthermore, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith of the Vatican said in 2021 that "God cannot bless sin," so the church was unable to approve of a marriage between two males or two women.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


Currency Rates in Pakistan - PKR to US Dollar, Euro, Dirham, Riyal 18 June 2024

Pakistani rupee rates against US Dollar and other currencies on June 18, 2024 (Tuesday) in open market.

USD to PKR Rate Today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.50 for buying and 280.65 for selling.

Euro's buying rate stands at 296 and selling rate is 299 while British Pound rate is 349.7 for buying, and 353.25 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 74.80 and Saudi Riyal at 72.80.

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.50 280.65
Euro EUR 296.00 299.00
UK Pound Sterling GBP 349.70 353.25
U.A.E Dirham AED 74.80 75.60
Saudi Riyal SAR 72.80 73.55
Australian Dollar AUD 182.00 184.00
Bahrain Dinar BHD 741.18 749.18
Canadian Dollar CAD 204.00 206.00
China Yuan CNY 38.43 38.83
Danish Krone DKK 40.18 40.58
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.66 36.01
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.90 1.98
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 909.34 909.34
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 59.30 59.90
New Zealand Dollar NZD 170.79 172.79
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.97 26.27
Omani Riyal OMR 723.88 731.88
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.42 77.12
Singapore Dollar SGD 203.65 205.65
Swedish Korona SEK 26.40 26.70
Swiss Franc CHF 311.90 314.40
Thai Bhat THB 7.58 7.73


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