Saturday, September 19, 2015

Pope Arrives In U.S. Tuesday; White House Guest List Already Raises Controversy

Pope Francis will arrive in the United States on Tuesday afternoon. Here is his official schedule. One event already creating controversy is the reception for the Pope on the South Lawn of the White House on Wednesday morning before his personal meeting with the President. According to Religion News Service today, while it is expected that nearly 15,000 people will attend the reception, conservative Catholics and at least one Vatican official are upset at invitations that have been extended to "a number of gay Catholics and LGBT advocates, an openly gay Episcopal bishop, and to a nun who is a prominent social justice activist." Other officials in the Vatican however apparently have no problem with the guest list.