The Archbishop of Canterbury and the Moderator of the Church of Scotland joined Pope Francis on Sunday in denouncing laws that criminalise homosexuality.
After a visit to Sudan, Francis told reporters such laws were a sin and an injustice.
And he asserted that people with ‘homosexual tendencies’ are children of God.
As such, Francis declared that the church should welcome them.
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and Iain Greenshields, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, who travelled with Francis to South Sudan, supported the Pope’s comments.
In several countries where same-sex relations are illegal, punishments can include a possible death penalty.