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Pope Francis says Church should apologise to gays

Published:Monday | June 27, 2016 | 11:59 AM
Pope Francis (left) arrives with Catholicos Karekin II at the Khor Virap's monastery, Armenia on June 26.

Pope Francis has said that the Roman Catholic Church should apologise to gay people for the way it has treated them.

He told reporters that the Church had no right to judge the gay community, and should show them respect.

The pontiff also said the Church should seek forgiveness from other people it had marginalised - like women, the poor, and children forced into labour.

The Pope has been hailed by many in the gay community for his positive attitude towards homosexuals.

However, some conservative Catholics have criticised him for making comments they say are ambiguous about sexual morality.

In 2013, Pope Francis reaffirmed the Roman Catholic Church's position that homosexual acts were sinful, but homosexual orientation was not.