"I welcome any statement from Pope Francis which reminds people that gay people (like anyone) should love themselves", Robertson concluded. "You have to be happy with who you are, '" Cruz said in the interview, as translated by The Guardian.
A year later, Pope Francis released the 256-page document "The Joy of Love", which encouraged individual conscience to be the guiding principle for Catholics negotiating the complexities of sex, marriage and family life.
Cruz is a survivor of clerical abuse who spoke privately with the pope a few weeks ago, and has since reported his conversation to Spanish newspapers.
But Pope Francis reportedly made it clear that Juan Carlos's sexuality is not an issue, in his or God's eyes.
Vatican officials declined to confirm or deny that the pope made the remarks, as their policy is not to comment on private conversations, according to the Associated Press.
The scandal revolves around Father Fernando Karadima, who was found guilty in a 2011 Vatican investigation of abusing boys in Santiago in the 1970s and 1980s. It has a history of firing Openly gay men and women from Catholic positions not to mention the Church's Catechism says gay men and women "are contrary to the natural law".
Cruz said Francis had also told him: "God made you this way and loves you this way, and it doesn't matter to me".More news: Most in USA think opioid abuse is not local — Surgeon general
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The pope has upheld Catholic teaching on homosexuality, reiterating the church's opposition to same-sex relationships.
As for Catholics attending daily mass at the Denver Basillica - appreciation for the Pope's words.
He famously said in 2013 that there is no problem with gay priests.
The pope's pastoral tone, however, does not undermine his staunch opposition to promoting or endorsing such "tendencies", as he told reporters a year later. We are called to follow Christ's teachings within His church to embrace Christ and find redemption for our shortfalls, whatever they are. "This is what Jesus would do today".
The pontiff has not yet announced whether he will accept those resignations en masse, consider them individually, or task the bishops to stay on the job and clean up their dioceses after the exposure of abuses and cover-ups, the latter of which ensnared Francis himself in a defense of a bishop.
In his homily, Pope Francis said that in the Gospel, Mary is always described as "the Mother of Jesus", instead of "the Lady" or "the widow of Joseph": her motherliness is emphasized throughout the Gospels, beginning with the Annunciation. Cruz said he explained to Francis he was a good person and was not a pervert.