The Holy Father made this statement at the end of his visit to Georgia on Sunday 2nd October 2016. Pope Francis told Christian faithfuls to welcome members of the LGBT community because if he were here today, Jesus Christ would not tell them to “go away because you are homosexual.”
He also took jabs at schools/scholars encouraging, or as he described it, “colonizing” young ones to become gays and transgenders.
“I accompanied people with homosexual tendencies and even homosexual activity. I accompanied them; I helped them draw closer to the Lord, although some couldn’t. But I never abandoned them.
“People must be accompanied like Jesus would accompany them. When a person who has this situation arrives before Jesus, Jesus certainly will not say, ‘Go away because you are homosexual.’ No.
“It is one thing for a person to have this tendency, this option and even to have a sex change, but it is another thing to teach this in schools in order to change mentalities. This I call ideological colonization.”