"Pope Francis reveals how the Roman Catholic Church’s debates over issues such as divorce have impacted even on his own family in a major new book in which he also sets out his personal thoughts on issues such as homosexuality and corruption...
He offers what will inevitably be read as a hint of his thinking on the Church’s high-profile dilemma over admitting remarried divorcees to Holy Communion, by discussing how one of his nieces had been in that situation when she married a man who had been married before.
Pope Francis also goes further than ever before in explaining his thinking on homosexuality, insisting that gay people should be welcomed into the life of the Church and that people should not be 'defined' by their sexuality.
He urges Christians to 'overcome prejudice and rigidity'.
In a marked departure from the style of his predecessors’ publications, the book 'The Name of God is Mercy' – which takes the form of an extended conversation with Andrea Tornielli, the Italian journalist and Vatican watcher - is peppered with references to his own life and those of people he knew.
In exclusive extracts in today’s Sunday Telegraph, he describes himself as a sinner and remarks that he believes he might have ended up as a prisoner rather than Pope had the circumstances of his life been different."
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