In a landmark decision, the Vatican has declared that transgender people are eligible for baptism and can serve as godparents in the Catholic Church, subject to certain conditions.

This move, approved by Pope Francis, marks a significant shift in the Church’s approach to transgender inclusion.

A 5x6 segment panoramic image taken by myself with a Canon 5D and 70-200mm f/2.8L lens from the dome of St Peter's in Vatican City in Rome.The Vatican’s doctrinal office, approved by Pope Francis, announced that transgender individuals can be baptised and serve as godparents in the Catholic Church under certain conditions.

This decision, seen by some as a significant step towards trans inclusion, specifies that such baptisms should not risk public scandal or confusion among the faithful.

The document, responding to queries from a Brazilian bishop, also allows transgender adults to be godparents, subject to the discretion of local priests. Additionally, transgender people can witness church weddings.

This stance contrasts with previous restrictions in some US dioceses and represents a broader effort by Pope Francis to welcome LGBTQ+ individuals into the Church, despite traditional doctrines opposing same-sex marriage and sexual activities.

The document, however, remains vague on issues like baptism by same-sex couples and godparent roles for individuals in same-sex relationships, emphasising conformity to the faith.