A child waves a flag with an image of Pope Francis while waiting for his arrival on Copacabana beach during the World Youth Day welcoming ceremony in Rio de Janeiro July 25, 2013. (CNS/Reuters/Ueslei Marcelino)
Pope Francis traveled to Brazil July 22-28, 2013, to mark the Catholic Church's World Youth Day.
"If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?"
Who am I to judge? Those five words rocked the world Monday because, well, they were spoken by the pope. By now, there have been countless reports and analyses on the statement. Many applauded the Holy Father while some were quick to downplay the significance. But none revealed the true source of the pope's tonal conversion: six brave souls from the Equally Blessed coalition.