Pope Francis blesses the crowd from the window overlooking St. Peter's Square in the Vatican. (Archive photo)
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This statement comes six weeks after the close of the General Assembly of the Synod for the Future of the Catholic Church, a global consultative meeting during which bishops, women and laity debated social issues such as welcoming LGBT+ people or divorced and remarried people.
At the beginning of October, five conservative cardinals publicly asked Pope Francis to reaffirm Catholic doctrine on gay couples, but the Synod's final document left this burning issue aside.
In 2021, the Vatican reaffirmed that it was considering gay couples. homosexuality as a sin and confirmed the impossibility for same-sex couples to receive the sacrament of marriage.
Since his election in 2013, the Argentine Jesuit, who insists on the importance of a Church open to all, has repeatedly aroused the ire of conservatives, notably by restricting the use of the traditional Latin mass in 2021 .