Pope Francis, the head of the Catholic Church, has condemned laws that criminalize homosexuality as being “unjust,” stating that God loves all of his children equally.

He was very clear about his view in an exclusive interview with the Associated Press on Tuesday.

He said:  “Being homosexual isn’t a crime,” and he urged Catholic bishops who support anti-gay legislation to accept LGBTQ individuals into the church.

Francis admitted that Catholic bishops support laws that criminalize homosexuality or discriminate against the LGBTQ community in some parts of the world, and he personally referred to the matter as “sin.” But he ascribed such viewpoints to cultural upbringing and stated that, in order for bishops in particular to recognize the dignity of everyone, a process of change is required.