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British musician Elton John described Pope Francis as 'wonderful' in an interview on Sunday in which he claimed Jesus would support gay marriage, Yahoo News reports.

A top-selling pop star and one of the world's most prominent gay celebrities, Sir Elton said the leader of the Church was a sign of hope.

'He's excited me so much by his humanity and taking everything down to the humility of faith... it's all basically about love and taking everybody in inclusiveness,' John told Sky News.

This is the second time John has ringingly endorsed the Pope; last year, he said the Pontiff was a 'miracle of humility.'

Francis has appeared to strike a more conciliatory tone towards homosexuals than his predecessors since his election last year.

John said that gay members of the clergy should be able to wed and that he believed Jesus Christ would be in favour of gay marriage, which became legal in Britain in March.

' If Jesus Christ was alive today, I cannot see him...  saying this could not happen,' the pop star said.

'He was all about love and compassion and forgiveness and trying to bring people together and that is what the Church should be about.'

Not surprisingly, there has been a welter of media coverage of this interview, with stories on time.com, The London Telegraph, The Guardian, and The Independent among others.

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Pop icon Elton John calls Pope Francis "wonderful" (Yahoo News)

Elton John praises Pope Francis (Sky News)