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Pope Francis endorses same-sex civil unions in new documentary film

By: AP | Rome |

Up to date: October 21, 2020 8:42:32 pm


Whereas serving as archbishop of Buenos Aires, Francis endorsed civil unions for homosexual {couples} as a substitute for same-sex marriages. (AP Photograph/Gregorio Borgia)

Pope Francis endorsed same-sex civil unions for the primary time as pope whereas being interviewed for the feature-length documentary Francesco, which premiered Wednesday on the Rome Movie Competition.

The papal thumbs-up got here halfway by means of the movie that delves into points Francis cares about most, together with the atmosphere, poverty, migration, racial and revenue inequality, and the individuals most affected by discrimination.

“Gay individuals have the proper to be in a household. They’re kids of God,” Francis mentioned in one in every of his sit-down interviews for the movie. “What we’ve to have is a civil union regulation; that manner they’re legally coated.”

Whereas serving as archbishop of Buenos Aires, Francis endorsed civil unions for homosexual {couples} as a substitute for same-sex marriages. Nonetheless, he had by no means come out publicly in favour of civil unions as pope.

The Jesuit priest who has been on the forefront in searching for to construct bridges with gays within the church, the Rev. James Martin, praised the pope’s feedback as a significant step ahead within the church’s assist for LGBT individuals.  “The Pope’s talking positively about civil unions additionally sends a powerful message to locations the place the church has opposed such legal guidelines,” Martin mentioned in an announcement.

One of many fundamental characters within the documentary is Juan Carlos Cruz, the Chilean survivor of clergy sexual abuse whom Francis initially discredited throughout a 2018 go to to Chile.

Cruz, who’s homosexual, mentioned that in his first conferences with the pope in Might 2018, Francis assured him that God made Cruz homosexual.
Cruz tells his personal story in snippets all through the movie, chronicling each Francis’ evolution on understanding sexual abuse in addition to to doc the pope’s views on homosexual individuals.

Director Evgeny Afineevsky had outstanding entry to cardinals, the Vatican tv archives and the pope himself.
He mentioned he negotiated his manner in by means of persistence, and deliveries of Argentine mate tea and Alfajores cookies that he bought to the pope by way of some well-connected Argentines in Rome.

“Hear, if you end up within the Vatican, the one technique to obtain one thing is to interrupt the rule after which to say, ‘I’m sorry,’” Afineevsky mentioned in an interview forward of the premiere.

The director labored official and unofficial channels beginning in early 2018, and ended up so near Francis by the top of the undertaking that he confirmed the pope the film on his iPad in August. The 2 lately exchanged Yom Kippur greetings; Afineevsky is a Russian-born Jew who lives in Los Angeles. However Francesco is greater than a biopic in regards to the pope.

Wim Wenders did that within the 2018 movie Pope Francis: A Man of His Phrase, which premiered on the Cannes Movie Competition.

Francesco, is extra a visible survey of the world’s crises and tragedies, with audio from the pope offering attainable methods to unravel them. Afineevsky traveled the world to movie it: the settings embrace Cox’s Bazaar in Bangladesh the place Myanmar’s Rohingya sought refuge; the U.S.-Mexico border and Francis’ native Argentina.

“The movie tells the story of the pope by reversing the cameras,” mentioned Vatican communications director Paolo Ruffini, who was one in every of Afineevsky’s closest Vatican-based collaborators on the movie.
Ruffini mentioned that when Afineevsky first approached him with the concept of a documentary, he tried to tamp down his hopes for interviewing the pope.

“I informed him it wasn’t going to be straightforward,” he mentioned.

However Ruffini gave him some recommendation: names of people that had been impacted by the pope, even after only a transient assembly. Afineevsky discovered them: the refugees Francis met with on a few of his international journeys, prisoners he blessed, and among the gays to whom he has ministered.

“I informed him that lots of these encounters had definitely been filmed by the Vatican cameras, and that there he would discover a veritable gold mine of tales that informed a narrative,” Ruffini mentioned. He would have the ability to inform story of the pope by means of the eyes of all and never simply his personal.

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