"Just like Pope Francis brings attention to the awful situation that we as humanity have created, I wanted to find hope, light and love and give this hope to people".
Following the Pope's latest interview, the Church appears to be moving closer to what was articulated in Westminster and Buenos Aires nearly a decade ago which is to stress that marriage remains between a man and a woman, but to support - or not to oppose - the civil recognition of gay unions.
Then in 2018, Pope Francis said he was "worried" about homosexuality in the clergy, and that it was "a serious matter".
Previously he wore masks only in a vehicle taking him to his weekly audiences in the Vatican.
However, conservative Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence, Rhode Island, called for clarification. The film was shown for the first time in Rome on Wednesday.
"The church can not support the acceptance of objectively immoral relationships", the Rhode Island bishop said.
In a new documentary, Pope Francis makes remarks that represent an increased level of support for same-sex unions and legal protections.
"Since the beginning of the pontificate the Pope has spoken of respect for homosexuals and has been against their discrimination", Vatican expert Vania de Luca told Rainews. "The Church clearly teaches that marriage is between one man and one woman, and that it is life-long and life-giving", the archbishop wrote. Austrian Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, a protégé of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, voiced approval of civil unions in a 2016 interview with Stern magazine.
Francis "has no ability to change that teaching about the permanence and exclusivity of marriage", Burch said, adding that he doesn't see the comments having "explosive relevance" in the current US political climate.
The Vatican hasn't responded to questions about why the pope wasn't following either Vatican regulations or basic public health measures to prevent Covid-19.
He also expressed concern that if same-sex couples "are given adoption rights, there could be affected children".
Chilean Juan Carlos Cruz, an activist against sexual abuse within the church, accompanied the director to the film screening on Wednesday. "That way they are legally covered". Right now, the documentary is set to debut on October 25 at the Savannah Film Festival.
The two recently exchanged Yom Kippur greetings.
"Pray. Don't condemn", Francis said, according to a Vatican transcript, adding: "And if you, as a father or mother, can't deal with this on your own, ask for help, but always in dialogue, always in dialogue".
The biopic addresses the pope's pastoral outreach to LGBT individuals.
"Francesco", is more a visual survey of the world's crises and tragedies, with audio from the pope providing possible solutions.
U.S. Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.), who is Catholic, applauded the pope's remarks.
Ruffini said that when Afineevsky approached him about a documentary, he tried to tamp down his hopes for interviewing the pope.
Francis' views on LGBT issues moved into the worldwide spotlight after he became the 266th pope in March 2013. "No, I would say sorry, I mean I would much rather go to the other place".
"He would be able to tell story of the Pope through the eyes of all and not just his own".