Words: Dylan Murphy
The papal approval came during the recording of a documentary Pope Francis features in.
For the first time, Pope Francis gave his support to same-sex civil unions this week. It came during an interview for the documentary ‘Francesco’ that was premiered at Rome Film Festival on Wednesday.
In the new film, Francis speaks candidly about issues such as racial inequality, the environment and migration amongst a host of other things. During one of the interviews undertaken, he talked about his stance on civil partnerships.
“Homosexual people have the right to be in a family. They are children of God,” Francis said in one of his sit-down interviews for the film. “What we have to have is a civil union law; that way they are legally covered”, he said.
It’s worth noting that while he was archbishop of Buenos Aires, Francis gave his support for same-sex civil unions as an alternative to same-sex marriage, but as Pope he has never publicly declared his support.
Watch the trailer for ‘Fransceco’ below: