Pardi, who lives in Milan, said that she wrote to Francis and was surprised when she received a letter back, in which the pope’s staff conveys his blessing.
“It’s not that I think that he’s for gay families, because there’s the Catholic doctrine, but we mustn’t think that we don’t have rights,” the author said, according to The Guardian.
The children’s book in question, called Piccolo Uovo, tells the story of various animals and includes different family types, including gay couples who successfully bring up their families, which has stirred controversy in Italy.
Venice’s Mayor Luigi Brugnaro even banned the book, along with 50 other titles from public schools, which led to 250 Italian authors demanding their own books be pulled from the city’s shelves in protest.
Pardi says that in the letter she received, Peter B Wells, a senior official at the Vatican secretariat of state, writes:
“His holiness is grateful for the thoughtful gesture and for the feelings which it evoked, hoping for an always more fruitful activity in the service of young generations and the spread of genuine human and Christian values.” A closing blessing accompanies the statement.
The author had shared with Francis the attacks she has come under in recent months.
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