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Father Krysztof Olaf Charamsa, who works for a Vatican office, gives a press conference to reveal his homosexuality, on October 3, 2015 in Rome. (TIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images)

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican has fired a prominent priest who announced he’s gay and in a relationship.

Monsignor Krzystof Charamsa is a Polish theologian who has worked at the Vatican since 2003. He also taught at the pontifical universities in Rome.

During a news conference, Charamsa, 43, said he and his partner were planning to hold a demonstration in front of the Vatican on the eve of an important meeting there. Bishops are gathering to discuss the church’s outreach to gays, divorcees and traditional families.

The church said his firing had nothing to do with his “reflections on his personal life.” The church doesn’t consider homosexuality to be a sin, but says priests are expected to be celibate.