Pope Francis makes surprise visit to quake zone

Tracy FergusonOct 05, 2016

Pope Francis steps out of a auto as he arrives in Amatrice, Italy, Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016.

From Amatrice, the Pope is expected to also visit the hard-hit towns of Accumoli and Arquata del Tronto. "May the Lord bless you all; may Our Lady watch over you in this moment of sadness, pain, and trial".

"From the first moment, I felt the need to be here. I am here just to tell you I am close to you and I pray for you", the Pope told the local citizens Tuesday. Rev. Rodney McKenzie, Jr., Director of the Academy for Leadership 7 Action, National LGBTQ Task Force stated, "When Pope Francis made his now famous "who am I to judge' remarks, LGBTQ people of faith were hopeful of real change in the Roman Catholic church". That is a fact.

In remarks to Catholics in the ex-Soviet republic of Georgia on Saturday, Francis said gender theory was part of a global war on traditional marriage and the family.

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"These people must be accompanied as Jesus accompanied them", said Francis. The pontiff said teaching children the idea that their gender is changeable is a totally different thing, The Associated Press (AP) relays. "This is what I call 'ideological colonization'".

The pope has used the phrase "ideological colonisation" in the past to denounce what he says are attempts by rich countries to link development aid to the acceptance of social policies such as allowing gay marriage and contraception.

"There are many dear ones who have left us, who fell here under the masonry".

Francis visited a school during Tuesday's visit, which led to a large gathering of people.

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The Vatican kept the trip secret until he arrived.

While he has once again taken a more liberal line on homosexuality and trans issues, commentators are still upset that the Pope is so outspoken about such subjects being taught in schools. Sin is sin, but tendencies or hormonal imbalances. can cause many problems and we have to be careful. "This is what Jesus would do today", said the pope.

He then joked: "Please don't write that the pope will sanctify transsexuals". But no, it is a moral question.

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