March 28, 2023

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has slammed laws that criminalize homosexuality as “unjust”, saying God loves all of his children just as they are and called on Catholic bishops who support the laws to welcome LGBTQ people into the church.

“Being gay is not a crime,” Francis said in a Tuesday interview with The Associated Press.

Francis acknowledged that Catholic bishops in some parts of the world support laws that criminalize homosexuality or discriminate against the LGBTQ community, and he himself referred to the issue in terms of “sin.” But he attributed such…

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