“It is important the words of Pope Francis are heard by people across the world, particularly for those who practice the Catholic faith. It is vital for society as a whole to show respect to all sections of our community, no matter their background or belief,” she said.
“The Pope is an international symbol of peace – not only a religious figure but a universal symbol of unity. There remains a challenge for the Catholic Church in dealing with many aspects of our evolving world, as well as addressing the legacy of abuse.
“However, today’s comments go a long way to helping deal those divisions.”