Since the 85-year-old became the leader of the Catholic church in April 2005 he has spouted stringently anti-gay doctrine.
As Pink News lists:
In 2012, the Pope warned that introducing equal marriage around the world would risk the future of humanity itself.
At the end of the year, in his message for World Day of Peace 2013, he said same-sex marriage is unnatural and poses a threat to â€śjustice and peaceâ€ť.
Days before he was pictured giving a blessing to Rebecca Kadaga, the Speaker of the Ugandan Parliament, who has promised to pass the countryâ€™s notorious Anti-Homosexuality Bill.
In an end-of year address in 2008, the Pope said that the existence of gay people threatened humanity as much as the destruction of the rainforests does and that â€śblurringâ€ť genders through acceptance of transgender people would kill off the human race.