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TODAY   |  July 29, 2013

Pope Francis: ‘Who am I to judge’ gay people?

Answering questions about the Catholic Church while visiting Rio de Janeiro, Pope Francis said women need to have an equal role in the church, though did not address the idea of female priests. And when asked about gay people, the pontiff responded, “Who am I to judge?”

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>> after a week long trip of brazil where more than 1 million packed the rio de janeiro beach for the mass. ann thompson is at the vatican.

>>> good morning natalie, you thought that was extraordinary. on his way back to rome the pope spoke to record reporters for an hour and 20 minutes talking about a wide range of issues. one of the first things he addressed was security. you remember the mob scene a week ago today when he drove into rio. the pope said he wasn't afraid. there wasn't a single incident in rio. he knows there's crazy people out there but the lord is there and he thinks it's important that he be close to the people. he was asked several questions about the role of women in the church. he says women need to have a deeper role in the church but there needs to be more theology on that and when it comes to the issue of women priests . he did not endorse that. he said the church had already spoken on that issue but the most interesting comments came when asked about a gay lobby. he said he never met anybody in the vatican that had gay on their business card and he said if someone is gay and they are searching for the lord, who am i to judge. he said people should not be marginalized.