In a new documentary, Pope Francis has called for the creation of civil union laws for same-sex couples, in remarks that break from the Catholic Church’s official teaching and mark his clearest support to date for the issue.

Pope Francis has made his most explicit endorsement of same-sex partnerships since becoming the leader of the Catholic Church. The remarks are shown in a new documentary that premiered on Wednesday.

In the film, the pontiff urged a “civil union law” that would allow LGBT+ people to “be in a family.”

“They are children of God and have a right to a family,” he said in the documentary “Francesco” which premiered at the Rome Film Festival.

“Nobody should be thrown out or be made miserable over it.”



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