Pope Francis has been known for expressing interest in making the Catholic Church more welcoming since assuming the papacy in Pope Francis recently met with groups of LGBTQ children and children with autism, and offered words of encouragement and acceptance to two marginalized communities within the Catholic Church. The pope told both groups that God was accepting of them just as they are, statements that have drawn praise from many on social media. And each one of us is beautiful in the eyes of God, who loves us. Sonnenschein, which translates to Sunshine, is a clinic where children with autism can undergo therapy, Vatican News reported. Days earlier, on Wednesday, Pope Francis met with a group of LGBTQ children and their parents and offered similar words of acceptance — a stance he has been known for since assuming his position in
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That way they are legally covered. The apostolic nuncio to Mexico, the Reverend Franco Coppola, published the unsigned note on his Facebook page on Saturday. On Monday, a Vatican official confirmed its authenticity. The director of the film, Evgeny Afineevsky, had told reporters that the pope had made the comments on civil unions directly to him , but it emerged soon after that the comments had apparently been made in a interview with the Mexican broadcaster Televisa.
Pope Francis and homosexuality
Nobody should be thrown out, or be made miserable because of it. I stood up for that. While serving as archbishop of Buenos Aires , Francis endorsed civil unions for gay couples as an alternative to same-sex marriages.
ROME — Pope Francis expressed support for same-sex civil unions in remarks revealed in a documentary film that premiered on Wednesday, a significant break from his predecessors that staked out new ground for the church in its recognition of gay people. The remarks, coming from the leader of the Roman Catholic Church , had the potential to shift debates about the legal status of same-sex couples in nations around the globe and unsettle bishops worried that the unions threaten what the church considers traditional marriage — between one man and one woman. His conservative critics within the church hierarchy, and especially in the conservative wing of the church in the United States, who have for years accused him of diluting church doctrine, saw the remarks as a reversal of church teaching. There was little doubt that Francis, recorded on camera, made the statements during his pontificate. But there was confusion on Wednesday about when he had said them and to whom.