Gays and all the other people the church has marginalized, such as the poor and the exploited deserve an apology, said Pope Francis. They must be "respected, pastorally accompanied," he said.
He has made it his mission to tear down walls. After five years in office, Pope Francis, the first Latin American pontiff, has become a theological and political pop star. DW looks back on his papacy so far.
Much admired, but also criticized, Pope Francis has been in office for five years now. He has already formed a legacy as a "pope of the people" — and has changed the church, says Christoph Strack.
Pope Francis has officially declared a feast day for celebrating the Virgin Mary as the "Mother of the Church." It is the latest feast day Francis has instituted to honor women in the church.
Pope Francis has attributed new miracles to Archbishop Oscar Romero and Paul VI, paving the way for their sainthood. Paul VI oversaw major reforms to the Catholic Church, while Romero was an advocate for human rights.
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