Pope Francis called for civil unions for gay couples, in what would be a significant shift from the Catholic Church's long-held opposition to homosexuals getting married. "They are children of God", Pope Francis said.
In 2013, Pope Francis said it was not his place to judge homosexuals and they should not be marginalised, but he also condemned the gay lobby as a "serious problem". In one of the meetings, Cruz said Francis told him that God made Cruz gay. "We have to have civil union as a law, that way they are legally covered".
"It is our hope, for LGBTQ Catholics, that he is willing to include them among the Holy Sacrament of Catholic Doctrine as well", Fuscarino said, referring to marriage and the other rites of the church. "I stood up for that", the pope added.
According to biographer Austen Ivereigh, the future pope backed civil unions for gay couples while he was still the archbishop of Buenos Aires and known as Jorge Bergoglio.
Prominent worldwide figures also welcomed Pope Francis' comments.
Director Evgeny Afineevsky, who received an Oscar nomination for his 2015 documentary Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom, had access to cardinals, the Vatican television archives and the pope himself in making the film.
India needs free, fair, non-hyphenated and questioning journalism even more as it faces multiple crises. The church officially maintains that gay people should be treated with respect, but all homosexual acts are "intrinsically disordered". "The church can not support the acceptance of objectively immoral relationships".
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Jesuit priest James Martin tweeted that the pope's appearance in the film "is a major step forward in the church's support for LGBTQ people", which could have positive effects on the treatment of LGBTQIA people around the world. "The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains this in a attractive way, saying "no one should marginalize these people for this, they must be integrated into society". That was the case in Italy where civil unions are described as something different from marriage, which remains the prerogative of a man-woman relationship.
"It's cruelty, and separating kids from parents goes against natural rights", the pope said, adding, "it's something a Christian can not do".
Father Jerome Secillano, executive secretary of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines Public Affairs Committee, said it is "still early to comment" on the Pope's reported pronouncement.
More conservative commentators sought to play down Francis' words and said that while secular civil unions are one thing, a church blessing of them is quite another.
'Supporting the legal recognition of any kind of same-sex union is contrary to church teaching'.
"I'm very conscious of the tremendous impact that this could have, particularly for queer people in countries where there are no legal protections at this point, where they are very much subject to violence and to social marginalization", says Duddy-Burke.
He pushed back against the Argentine government when it pushed to legalize same-sex marriage.