Pope Francis Won’t ‘Judge’ Gay Priests

    Pope Francis waves as he boards the plane for his departure after concluding a week-long trip to Brazil, at the air base in Rio de Janeiro on July 28, 2013. The head of the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics hammered home his plea for young believers attending World Youth Day (WYD) to "go and make disciples of all nations" as he concluded his trip to Brazil aimed at reigniting Roman Catholic passion. AFP PHOTO / EVARISTO SA        (Photo credit should read EVARISTO SA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Looks like a Brazilian vacation was all Pope Francis needed to lighten up. "If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has goodwill, who am I to judge?" Francis said on a plane returning from his week-long trip to Brazil. A reporter had asked about a Vatican monsignor who had reportedly engaged in homosexual activities. "I have yet to find anyone who has a business card that says he is gay," the pope added. While it's not a glowing acceptance of gays ("They say they exist"), it's a momentous statement. Pope Benedict XVI said that gays should not be priests.

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