(CNN) Pope Francis has declared support for civil unions for same-sex couples. The Pope made the historic remarks in "Francesco," a new documentary film directed by Russian filmmaker Evgeny Afineevsky, that premiered at the Rome Film Festival on Wednesday.
"Homosexual people have a right to be in a family. They're children of God and have a right to a family. Nobody should be thrown out or be made miserable over it," the Pope said in the film, the Catholic News Agency reported.
"What we have to create is a civil union law. That way they are legally covered," the Pope said.
The film also explores the Pope's work and views in other issues, including climate change, migration and economic equality.
Jesuit Father James Martin, who has advocated for the church to welcome LGBTQ people, said bishops from many countries, including some in the United States and Poland, who are "violently against" civil unions will have to rethink their positions.
"He's creating a new space for LGBT people. He's saying it on the record and he's being very clear. It's not simply that he's tolerating it, he's supporting it." For the complete CNN article, Click Here.