Pope Francis voiced support for same-sex couples, calling them “children of God”. He also suggested they should be allowed to have legally recognized civil unions in a radical shift from previous pontiffs.

The Pope said, “These are children of God, they have the right to a family.”

Since the beginning, the pope has spoken of respect for homosexuals and has been against their discrimination.

“The novelty today is that he defends as pope a law for civil unions.”

After becoming pope in 2013, Francis took an unprecedented welcoming tone toward LGBTQ individuals, launching his famous phrase, “Who am I to judge?” and welcoming gay couples to the Vatican on several occasions.

The two-hour documentary screened on Wednesday traces the seven years of his pontificate and his travels.

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