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Pope says Christians should appologise to gay people
Christians and the Roman Catholic Church should apologise to gay people and seek their forgiveness for the exploitation they have suffered at the hands of the church, Pope Francis said on Sunday.
"I repeat what the Catechism of the Catholic Church says: that they must not be discriminated against, that they must be respected and accompanied pastorally. The Church must ask forgiveness for not behaving many times -- when I say the Church, I mean Christians! The Church is holy, we are sinners," the Pope said at a press conference aboard the papal plane returning from Armenia.

The Pope also said that the church should not only apologise to the gay people, but also to the poor, the exploited women and children exploited for labour. "It has to ask forgiveness for having blessed many weapons.", he said.

"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 Pope's response came when a journalist had asked him a question about a German Cardinal who had said the Catholic Church should apologize for being "very negative" about gays.

"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.

His "Who am I to judge?" remark had become famous when he was asked about his views on LGBT community as this was a completely different approach as compared to the views the Church and the earlier Papal authorities have held.

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