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Pope backs opposition to Mexico’s same-sex marriage proposal

Thousands marched against the legalisation of same-sex marriage in Guadalajara earlier this month (CNS)

Pope Francis has voiced support for Mexican bishops and citizens opposing the Government’s push to legalise same-sex marriage.

At his weekly Sunday blessing, the Pontiff said he willingly joined their protest “in favour of family and life, which in these times require special pastoral and cultural attention around the world.”

Tens of thousands of people marched through Mexico City on Saturday to protest President Enrique Pena Nieto’s proposal on marriage. Wearing white, they held banners warning against same-sex marriage and demanding parents’ right to control sex education in schools.

Francis, who has previously criticised “gender ideology”, visited Mexico in February.