A Philadelphia teacher who lost her job at a Roman Catholic school because of her 2007 marriage to another woman has been invited to the White House to help welcome Pope Francis.

Wednesday's welcoming ceremony on the South Lawn is expected to include thousands of people from diverse social and religious backgrounds.

Margie Winters lost her job of eight years at Waldron Mercy Academy, a Catholic elementary school outside Philadelphia, in June after a parent complained that she was in a same-sex marriage.

Winters told the AP that if she gets a chance to speak to the pope she would ask him to extend his message of inclusion to LGBT Catholics.

According to New Ways Ministries, more than 50 LGBT people have reported losing their jobs at Catholic institutions since 2010.