Pope Francis has said that he believes the Catholic Church must help parents stand by their gay children.

The Argentine-born Francis made his remarks in an interview with the Argentinian daily La Nacion.

In October, an assembly of bishops gathered at the Vatican released a draft report on the family which suggested that the Roman Catholic Church should be more accepting of gay people. However, the language was not included in the final report.

“Nobody mentioned homosexual marriage at the synod, it did not cross our minds,” the pope said. “[T]he synod addressed the family and the homosexual persons in relation to their families, because we come across this reality all the time in the confessional: a father and a mother whose son or daughter is in that situation.”

Francis said this “happened to me several times in Buenos Aires.”

“We have to find a way to help that father or that mother to stand by their son or daughter,” he added. “That's what the synod addressed. That's why someone mentioned positive factors in the first draft. But this was just a draft.”