“Homosexuals have a right to be a part of the family” 

BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS

Speaking in a new documentary about his life entitled Francesco, Pope Francis has officially called for same-sex couples to be “legally covered.” The ground-breaking statement was first heard in Rome where the documentary premiered on Wednesday. 

It marks a dramatic shift of the Vatican’s position on LGBTQI rights. Since becoming pope in 2013, Pope Francis has hinted at liberalising the Catholic Church’s view on homosexuality, which came as a remarkable contrast compared to the views of his conservative predecessor. 

In the documentary, Pope Francis states: “Homosexuals have a right to be a part of the family. They’re children of God and have a right to a family. Nobody should be thrown out, or be made miserable because of it,” according to the Catholic News Agency. 

He added: “What we have to create is a civil union law. That way they are legally covered. I stood up for that.”

The Catholic Church has traditionally opposed any form of legal recognition for the relationships of LGBTQI individuals. 

The film addresses the pastoral outreach of Pope Francis to those who identify as LGBTQI, including a story of the pontiff encouraging two Italian men in a same-sex relationship to raise their children in their parish church, which, one of the men said, was greatly beneficial to his children.

“He didn’t mention what was his opinion on my family. Probably he’s following the doctrine on this point,” one of the men reportedly said, adding that the pope’s support for the family had helped them.

This is ground-breaking news that will hopefully spark massive change for those who have long followed the doctrine that LGBTQI relationships are sinful. 

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