Pope Francis may be hailed as one of the most progressive pontiffs in recent times - saying the internet was "godly", speaking out about climate change and declaring Catholic beliefs consistent with evolution and the Big Bang theory.

However, his recent comments about gay marriage have drawn criticism. In his weekly address at the Vatican last week the Pope appeared to throw his support behind the proposal to ban same-sex marriage in a Slovakian referendum.

I greet the pilgrims from Slovakia and, through them, I wish to express my appreciation to the entire Slovak church, encouraging everyone to continue their efforts in defence of the family, the vital cell of society.

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