That was the reflection offered by Pope Francis during the Mass celebrated in the chapel of the Casa Santa Marta for the Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church.
Pope Francis also allegedly told him that his sexuality "does not matter", Cruz told CNN. According to Cruz, the pope told him that God made him gay and loves him like that, and that he shouldn't worry about what anyone else says.
The main whistleblower in Chile's clerical sex abuse scandal is sharing a message of love extended his way by Pope Francis.
Since his election in 2013, the pope has dramatically shifted the language the Church has used about homosexuality, which was once seen as a taboo subject.
Catholics believe that God creates all human persons in love, but all people are also called to use their freedom responsibly, following positive inspirations and resisting attractions that are sinful.
Fr. James Martin, the author of "Building a Bridge", told The Times that Francis' reported comments are a "big deal" because it is likely the first time the pope made a comment "about gay people being born that way".
"When a person arrives before Jesus, Jesus certainly will not say: "Go away because you are homosexual", he said.
Francis met with three Chilean survivors of sex abuse in the Chilean church - including Mr Cruz - in Rome after receiving a 2,300- page report into the country's sex abuse problems written by the Archbishop of Malta, Charles Scicluna.
Pope Francis to a gay man: "God made you like this".
"It is with this attitude that comes from Mary, who is Mother of the Church, with this attitude we can understand this feminine dimension of the Church", the pope said, adding that if this aspect is lost, "the Church loses its identity and becomes a charitable organization or a football team, but not the Church".
Fernando Karadima, the former priest who abused Cruz, was found guilty of the abuse by the Vatican in 2011 and ordered to a life of "prayer and penance".
'We want concrete, real action, ' he said in an interview. Now 87 and living in a nursing home in Chile, he has always denied any wrongdoing. But what does the Pope's LGBT record really look like, and is Pope Francis really as progressive as he gets credit for?
It was said in private but it's news making waves around the world tonight.
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