Pope Francis for the very first time since becoming pope has endorsed same-sex civil unions.
While voicing his endorsement, the Pope said that gay individuals are all children of God.
‘Homosexual people have the right to be in a family. They are children of God,’ Francis said.
‘What we have to have is a civil union law; that way they are legally covered.’
The Pope spoke in a feature-length documentary, titled Francesco, which premiered at the Rome Film Festival on Wednesday, October 21.
The documentary highlights issues Francis cares about most, including the environment, poverty, migration, racial and income inequality, and the people most affected by discrimination.
The pontiff had voiced his pro LGBT+ sentiments and civil unions while serving as archbishop of Buenos Aires. He praised such partnerships as an alternative to gay marriage.
However, this is the first time that the 83-year-old pontiff publicly endorsed same-sex unions since taking the papal seat.
“What we have to create is a civil union law. That way they are legally covered. I stood up for that,” the pope added.
The Catholic Church has historically been accused of persecuting gay people and it still views homosexuality as an “intrinsic disorder.”
The Church also teaches that homosexual acts are sinful, but its modern stance is that being gay is not a sin on its own.
Born as Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Pope Francis has overtime been friendly to the LGBT+ community.