Elton John: Pope Francis is ‘my hero’ for his push to accept gays
Sir Elton John has called Pope Francis “my hero” for his push to accept gay people in the Catholic Church.
The pop icon made the remarks as he hosted his annual AIDS charity fundraiser on Tuesday night in New York.
“He is a compassionate, loving man who wants everybody to be included in the love of God,” Sir Elton said of the Pope.
“It is formidable what he is trying to do against many, many people in the Church.
“He is courageous and he is fearless, and that’s what we need in the world today.”
Sir Elton told the crowd: “Make this man a saint now, OK?”
Catholic bishops scrapped their landmark welcome to gay people earlier this month, showing deep divisions at the end of a two-week meeting sought by Pope Francis to chart a more merciful approach to ministering to Catholic families.