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The catechism, or official teaching, of the Catholic Church states that “homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered” and that people attracted to the opposite sex must remain celibate. Pope Francis signaled a more understanding attitude, however, when he famously said in 2013: “If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?”

In a sermon Monday in Guayaquil, Ecuador, the pope said the bishops will “consider concrete solutions to the many difficult and significant challenges facing families in our time.”

“I ask you to pray fervently for this intention,” he said of the search for solutions, “so that Christ can take even what might seem to us impure, scandalous or threatening, and turn it … into a miracle. Families today need miracles!”

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