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Pope Francis addresses question on 'gay lobby,' women priests

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Pope Francis has returned home from a successful trip to Brazil where he spoke to millions of people.

On the way back Francis held an extraordinary news conference with reporters and spoke candidly about his trip, security, women in the church and the so-called gay lobby in the Vatican.

The pontiff said the church hasn't done enough to develop the theology of women in the church, and that the church has already spoken on the issue of women priests.

On the possibility of a gay lobby, Pop Francis said he has yet to meet anyone who has a gay business card. He continued by saying, "If someone is gay who searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?"

Pope Francis says he won't judge priests for their sexual orientation.

He told reporters aboard his plane flying back from Brazil that "we shouldn't marginalize people for this." He said, "They must be integrated into society."

His predecessor, Pope Benedict, signed a document in 2005 that said men who had deep-rooted homosexual tendencies should not be priests. Francis, though, says gay clergymen should be forgiven and their sins forgotten.

The pope spoke to reporters for an hour and 20 minutes.

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