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The pope expressed his support for same-sex civil union laws in a new documentary, saying gay people “are children of God and have a right to a family.”

But the Catholic Church still bans same-sex marriage and labels homosexuality “disordered,” a teaching he has not altered.

Pope Francis’s support for same-sex unions will ultimately have a profound impact on how gays and lesbians are treated around the world. The Pope’s views, heard by the over 1 billion Catholics worldwide, have incredible power.