Roman Catholic Pope Francis has told Catholic Bishops to welcome LGBTQ community into the church.
In an interview with The Associated Press on January 24, 2023, Pope Francis established that we are all children of God and God loves us all so being homosexual is not a crime.
According to him, inorder to admit the decency of every human being, catholic Bishops need to undergo a process of change.
Going further, The Pope revealed that I’m some parts of the world, Catholic Bishops support laws that penalize homosexuality but that shouldn’t be the case.
“Being homosexual is not a crime,” he said. “It’s not a crime. Yes, but it’s a sin. Fine, but first let’s distinguish between a sin and a crime. It is also a sin to lack charity with one another.” Pope Francis added.
About 67 countries or jurisdictions worldwide condemn consensual same-sex sexual activity, 11 of which can or do impose the death penalty according to The Human Dignity Trust, which works to end such laws.
Experts say even where the laws are not enforced, there is harassment, stigmatization and violence against LGBTQ people.
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