The new documentary Francesco, which follows Pope Francis gives an interesting insight into the acceptance held by the religious leader on LGBTQ rights, climate change, racism, human trafficking, migration, and sexual abuse.

In the doc, which was screened at the Rome Film Festival, Francis – in reference to the LGBTQ community says:

“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.

“What we have to create is a civil union law. That way they are legally covered.”

“I stood up for that.”


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The film also hears from outsiders perspectives on the Pope, including one parent of a gay couple who were invited to introduce their children to the church.

“He didn’t mention what was his opinion on my family. Probably he’s following the doctrine on this point,” said Andrea Rubera.

Oscar-nominated director Evgeny Afineevsky said she was not looking at Francis “as the Pope”.

“I’m looking at him as a humble human being, great role model to younger generation, leader for the older generation, a leader to many people not in the sense of the Catholic Church, but in the sense of pure leadership, on the ground, on the streets.”