Pope Francis backs civil unions for gay couples 

Pope Francis backed civil partnerships while Archbishop of Buenos Aires but this is the first time he has publicly supported such unions as Pope (Vatican Media)

Pope Francis has come out in support of civil partnerships for LGBT Catholics in a new documentary, marking the first time he has publicly supported such unions since becoming pope. Source: The Tablet.

The Pope, interviewed in the film by its director Evgeny Afineevsky, said LGBT people should be made welcome in the Catholic Church.

“Homosexual people have the right to be in a family. They are children of God. You can’t kick someone out of a family, nor make their life miserable for this. What we have to have is a civil union law; that way they are legally covered.”

Pope Francis backed civil partnerships while Archbishop of Buenos Aires but this is the first time he has publicly supported such unions as Pope.

In the film, he also urges two gay parents to raise their children in their parish church.

Only last month, Pope Francis told parents of gay children that these children are “children of God”.

The Pope also speaks out in criticism of US President Donald Trump’s policies at the Mexican border, in particular describing separating children from parents as “cruelty of the highest form”. And he discusses other issues close to his heart, such as poverty, the environment and migration. He addresses the war in Syria and Ukraine and the persecution of Rohingya Muslims.

Afineevsky says Francesco is a story about humanity and its struggles today and presents Pope Francis as “an amazing, humble human being” who is trying to teach people how to build a better world.

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Pope Francis backs civil unions for gay couples (The Tablet)

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