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Pope gives candid interview on flight

Monday, Jul 29, 2013 - 00:32

July 29 - Pope Francis answers personal questions during flight back to Rome following his trip to Brazil. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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Pope Francis answers questions of all kinds from journalists onboard the papal plane - from the worst aspects of being the pope, to what it is like living with an ex pontiff at the Vatican. Asked what it was like to be a pontiff, the pope made a reference to his humanity rather than his status. (SOUNDBITE) (Italian) POPE FRANCIS SAYING: "The worst thing that has happened is that I had sciatica. Really! I got it in the first month. Because when I was meeting people I was in a chair that hurt me, it was really, really painful, I wouldn't wish it on anyone." He also said he appreciated sharing the Vatican apartments with his predecessor, former pope Benedict. On gay men and women, the Pope said they should neither be judged nor marginalised but reaffirming the Catholic church's teaching that homosexual acts are a sin he complained about the gay lobbies. Francis defended gays from discrimination in what was his first news conference since being elected pontiff in March, but also referred to the Catholic Church's universal Catechism, which says that while homosexual orientation is not sinful homosexual acts are.

Pope gives candid interview on flight

Monday, Jul 29, 2013 - 00:32

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