Will the Pope help?

The worried parents of 16 young gay Poles have implored Pope Francis to help combat what they call “widespread” homophobia in Poland, as the pontiff visited the strongly Catholic EU state for the first time.

Pointing to a recent string of “attacks on offices of organisations working with homosexuals, burning of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) symbols, and beatings of non-heterosexuals”, the group implored Francis to intervene.

“Instead of compassion for families, society is engulfed by a wave of homophobia,” the group said in an open letter, which was published by several Polish newspapers and magazines in the past week,

reports NDTV.