Gay rights group wants Pope to condemn persecution

While admitting that the Pope's change in tone about gay priests is a "small step" that "does matter," Richard Lane from gay rights group Stonewall told ITV News there was much more to be done.

A next step would be a "strong statement against the harassment and persecution of gay people around the world [from the Pope]," Mr Lane said.

"He's got an unprecedented position at the Church with over a billion people so for him to make that statement would be incredibly significant."

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Pope 'won't judge' gay priests

Pope Francis has said gay priests should not be judged or marginalised and should be integrated into society, but he reaffirmed Church teaching that homosexual acts are a sin. On women priests, the pope said: "The Church has spoken and says 'no'."