The Pope tweets that Earth is ‘like an immense pile of filth’

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The Pope has raised eyebrows – after the religious leader compared the world to “an immense pile of filth”.

The 78-year-old Pontiff sent the words from his official verified Twitter account, Pontifex, which usually sticks to more holy messages.

He wrote: “The earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth.”

It is likely the Pope was referring to climate change, as the Catholic leader has spoken out on the issue earlier today. The Pope tweets that Earth is ‘like an immense pile of filth’

However, it is not his first outspoken comment – he has recently delivered a number of anti-gay sermons.

As Rome’s Pride parade took place, Pope Francis gave a sermon suggesting that gay parents are not able to properly raise children – claiming the differences between women and men are “an integral part of being human” and required to raise a child.

Despite a recent PR blitz attempting to bolster his gay-friendly image, the Pope is yet to lift any of the actively homophobic and transphobic policies of his predecessors.

He has also rallied against same-sex marriage, inviting representatives from listed hate groups to a ‘traditional marriage’ conference last year, and recently urged Slovakians to vote against equal marriage.

The Catholic leader has also compared transgender people to nuclear weapons.

Under the Pope’s direction, Vatican City is also snubbing France’s proposed ambassador – because he is gay.

The French government has refused to back down after selecting openly gay diplomat Laurent Stefanini to head to the home of the Catholic Church, which has refused to reply to the nomination for months.