Two reverend sisters have shocked the world by getting married to each other prompting the Pope to react on the matter.
According to him, he has been ‘saddened’ after he heard the two nuns had married each other in a secret civil ceremony in Italy, a Vatican official has revealed.
According to Daily Mail, the women, known as Sister Federica and Sister Isabel, tied the knot in Pinerolo, near Turin on September 28 after falling in love during a mission in West Africa.
They have since revealed 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?’
But far from being happy about the union, Vatican Deputy Secretary of State Archbishop Angelo Becciu said the Pope, 79, was left visibly upset.
‘How much sadness on the pope’s face when I read him the news of the two married ‘nuns’!’ Becciu tweeted on Friday.
Daily Mail reports that 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.
Last week, Pope Francis 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.
‘When a person arrives before Jesus, Jesus certainly will not say, ‘Go away because you are homosexual’,’ the religious leader said.
‘Each case must be welcomed, accompanied, studied, discerned and integrated. This is what Jesus would do today.’