Pope Francis backs same-sex civil union for the first time

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Pope Francis has endorsed civil union between persons of the same sex by first time as pontiff in an interview for the documentary Francesco, which premiered this Wednesday at the Rome Film Festival.

“Gay people have the right to be in the family, They are children of God, they have the right to a family. No one can be thrown out of the family, or make life impossible for that, ”Pope Francis pointed out in the film, about his approach to pastoral care.

Papal support appeared in the middle of the film that delves into the issues that most concern Francis, such as the medium environment, poverty, migration, racial and income inequality, and the people most affected by discrimination.

“What we have to have is a civil union law. That way they are legally covered.”, has held. “I defended that,” he continued. These are the statements that appear in Francesco, the documentary on the life of Pope Francis that premiered this Wednesday, October 21 at the Rome Film Festival. The film is directed by the Russian Evgeny Afineevsky and presents the pope’s approach to various social problems, as well as the pastoral ministry to those who live, in the words of the pontiff, “on the existential peripheries.”

Further. the documentary tells the personal story of a homosexual couple of Italians whom, according to their testimony, Francis encouraged to take their children to the parish. The Pope does not refer at any time to these legal agreements to protect homosexuals as marriage and in fact, when he was archbishop of Buenos Aires, in 2010 he opposed the legalization of same-sex unions.

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