The following comes from a September 9 Living the Truth in Love press release:

Courage International and Ignatius Press announce their first Rome conference to address the pastoral needs of men and women who experience homosexual tendencies. Living the Truth in Love is a conference and resource event, which will be held October 2, just before the start of the Ordinary Synod on the Family at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (“The Angelicum”) in Rome, Italy.

The theme of the conference will be “The Ways of True Love-Pastoral Approaches to Welcome and Accompany those Living with Homosexual Tendencies.”

The conference will feature Cardinal Robert Sarah, Cardinal George Pell, Monsignor Livio Melina, as well as experts such as Dr. Paul McHugh of Johns Hopkins; Dr. Timothy Lock, a clinical psychologist; and Dr. Jennifer Morse of the Ruth Institute. A panel discussion will be held featuring the real life testimonies of faithful Catholics living the reality of homosexuality in their everyday lives.

Resources will be available to conference attendees, particularly a collection of books recently released by several of the participants, including Cardinal Robert Sarah and Cardinal George Pell. A press event will take place in conjunction with the conference for members of the media.

The event will take place just days before the opening of the Ordinary Synod on the Family that begins at the Vatican on October 4 and extends through October 25. The conference offers a response to the important question before the Synod regarding how the Church should give pastoral care to persons with homosexual tendencies and their families.

This event is open to the public. Registration is free but lunch is included for an additional fee. Those interested in registering can visit