Children of God is clearly what every human being is. This has been affirmed by His Holiness Francis, Bishop of Rome in the documentary, Francesco premiered at the Rome film festival on Wednesday evening. His Holiness said:
“Homosexual people have a right to be in a family. They are children of God and have a right to a family. Nobody should be thrown out or be made miserable over it. What we have to create is a civil union law. That way they are legally covered. I stood up for that.”
The College of Bishops of the NCCUKI welcomed this statement coming from the Holy Father Pope Francis. The Archbishop of Anglia & Cambria commented:
It shows that our brother in Christ recognises the good in our LGBT sisters and brothers. We in the National Catholic Church of the United Kingdom and Ireland continue to support the marriage of all couples, gay or straight, and look forward to further developments from Rome.
We feel that we could assist the Holy Father in writing any Motu Proprio or Encyclical on the subject and would be happy to be contacted,” said the Archbishop.
Today following yesterday’s canonizations of Pope St John XXIII and Pope St John Paul II in Rome by His Holiness Pope Francis in the presence of His Holiness Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and many world leaders, what looked like the entire college of cardinals, many archbishops, bishops, monsignori, priests, deacons, seminarians, and several hundreds of thousands of the faithful, our Presiding Archbishop celebrated a solemn Votive Mass of the Blessed Virgin Mary in thanksgiving assisted by Bishop Michael. Following Mass, in addition to the Regina Cæli, the Te Deum was sung.
Sancte Ioanne XXIII, ora pro nobis.
Sancte Ioanne Paule II, ora pro nobis.
Archiepiscopal degree following the canonizations
The Presiding Archbishop has decreed that the Feast Days will be celebrated on October 11th for Pope St John XXIII, and October 22nd for Pope St John Paul II, both First Class Feasts and using the Common of One Supreme Pontiff (Missale Romanum 1962, Missa Si diligis me (2). The liturgical texts to be used at Mass according to the 1970 Missal and its subsequent revisions will be advised in due course. Red vestments to be used when celebrating in either form as with Feasts for all Canonized Popes.