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Christians Should Apologise

28 June 2016

In a remarkable Catholic about turn Pope Francis over the weekend said that Christians and the Roman Catholic Church should apologise to gay people and seek their forgiveness for the way they have been treated.

The pope's comments came during an interview on a trip back from Armenia answering a question from a journalist if he agreed with comments by German Cardinal Reinhard Marx that the Church needed to say sorry for the way it has treated the gay community.

"We Christians have to apologise for so many things, not just for this (treatment of gay people), but we must ask for forgiveness. Not just apologise - forgiveness," he said.

"The questions is: if a person who has that condition, who has good will, and who looks for God, who are we to judge?" the pope added, repeating his famous "Who am I to judge?" remark about homosexuality made early in his papacy.

"I think that the Church not only should apologise... to a gay person whom it offended but it must also apologise to the poor as well, to the women who have been exploited, to children who have been forced to work," he added.

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