The artist said the Roman Catholic Church was hypocritical for making a profit from his biopic while insisting that God "cannot bless sin."
Priests in Germany and other parts of Northern Europe have been blessing gay couples in committed relationships for years.
The pontiff and Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani delivered a powerful message of peaceful coexistence during their meeting in the holy city of Najaf.
Pope Francis brushed aside the coronavirus pandemic and security concerns to make his first-ever papal visit to the country.
Pope Francis will meet Iraq's Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, a prominent figure in Shiite Islam, to issue a joint call for peace.
The attack targeted the same base where Iran struck in January last year in retaliation for the killing of Iranian Gen. Qassim Soleimani.
Visiting a country with a fragile health care system in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic is not a good idea, infectious disease experts said.
Citing guidelines from Pope Francis' coronavirus commission, the Vatican decreed that staff can't opt out of the vaccine without a medical reason.
Thanks to Pope Francis, Sister Nathalie Becquart can likely vote at the next synod of bishops in 2022.
The pope will miss out on services at St. Peter's Basilica because of “painful sciatica,” a Vatican official said.