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Pope Francis says gender theory is enemy of marriage

By Samuel Osbourne

Pope Francis has warned gender theory is part of a "global war" against traditional marriage.

"You mentioned a great enemy of marriage: gender theory," the Pope said, in response to a question at a meeting of Catholics in the ex-Soviet republic of Georgia on Saturday.

"Today, there is a global war out to destroy marriage. Not with weapons but with ideas... we have to defend ourselves from ideological colonisation."

Gender theory is broadly the concept that while a person may be biologically male or female, they have the right to identify as male, female, both or neither.

Pope Francis has previously warned that same-sex marriage threatens "the family" and could "disfigure God's plan for creation".

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