Pope Francis has spoken out to express concern at the way the Catholic Church deals with the children of gay couples.

Speaking in the interview given in November and published in Italian Jesuit magazine, La Civiltà Cattolica, the Pope said some situations arising from the children of gay or divorced couples “provide us with new challenges which sometimes are difficult to understand.”

He went on to question: “How can we proclaim Christ to these boys and girls? How can we proclaim Christ to a generation that is changing?

“We must be careful not to administer a vaccine against faith to them.”

The Pope’s recent comments on homosexuality have caused waves among supporters and critics.

The editor of Telegraph Blogs has written a column questioning the decision by Time Magazine to name Pope Francis as its Person of the Year, noting a recent revelation that he said he was “shocked” by gay adoption in Malta.

Pope Francis was in early December named Time magazine’s Person of the Year, and then later received the same honour from US LGBT publication the Advocate 

However, speaking to reporters in July during a plane journey back to the Vatican following his trip to Brazil, Pope Francis said that gay people should not be judged or marginalised and should be integrated into society.