Pope Francis Calls for Civil Unions for Same-Sex Couples

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Pope Francis, the head of the Catholic faith, has called for the passage of civil union laws for same-sex couples. The Pope made the comments in a documentary that discussed pastoral care for LGBT individuals.

“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,” he said.

After those comments, the Pope weighed in even more directly on the issue.

“What we have to create is a civil union law. That way they are legally covered,” the pope said. “I stood up for that.”

The comments were made in “Francesco,” a documentary on the life and ministry of Pope Francis which premiered today as part of the Rome Film Festival. The film is set to make its North American premiere Sunday.

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