“We shouldn’t marginalize people for this. They must be integrated into society”, said the pope. His comments came during his first news conference as pope aboard his plane returning from his first papal trip – to Brazil in celebration of World Youth Day.
“If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?” he asked.
The pope was remarkably open during the 82-minute exchange with reporters, answering every question asked, including queries on the role of women in the church, the troubled Vatican bank, and the so-called “gay lobby” in the Vatican.