- Pope Francis recently expressed his support for same-sex civil unions as an alternative to same-sex marriages
- The pontiff endorsed civil union law while being interviewed for the feature-length documentary “Francesco”
- Francis also aired his view that homosexual people are God’s children and that they have the right to be in a family
- The current leader of the Roman Catholic Church is the first pope to endorse civil unions for same-sex couples
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Pope Francis has become the first pontiff to endorse civil unions for same-sex couples as an alternative to same-sex marriages.
According to Reuters, the pope expressed his support for the said union while being interviewed for the feature-length documentary “Francesco” by Oscar-nominated director Evgeny Afineevsky that debuted recently.
The New York Times likewise reported that Francis reiterated his view that gay people are God’s children and he stood up for that.
“Homosexual people have the right to be in a family. They are children of God,” Francis said.
“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,” he stated.
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According to the Associated Press, the documentary film which premiered at the Rome Film Festival features fresh interviews with the pontiff.
It tackles issues the pope cares about most, including the environment, poverty, migration, racial and income inequality, and the people most affected by discrimination.
Pope Francis was born on December 17, 1936 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He became a Catholic priest in 1969, and in 2013, he was elected as the pope.
Months ago, the Vatican denied the speculations that Pope Francis has COVID-19. This is after an online post claimed that the pope has been infected by the deadly virus.
Also, a few years ago, Pope Francis said that Christians should apologize and ask for forgiveness for offending the gay community. However, a Catholic Church official gave clarification about Pope Francis’ call.
According to Father Jerome Secillano, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) executive secretary, Pope Francis wants Christians to apologize to the LGBT community for mistreating and discriminating them, but the Church doctrine on homosexual acts remains the same.
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