At churches over the weekend, the faithful spoke about how they believed Francis' comments would impact the Catholic Church.
At Immaculate Conception in Durham, members of the congregation say they hope the pope's message will encourage others to return to church.
"It's a bright day to hear these words being spoken and not see so much polarization and focus on the other things, we need to focus on the really important issues," churchgoer Jim Leak said.
Even those who find the pope's stance to be a breath of fresh air acknowledge it might not be well-received by all Catholics.
"I think there's always that possibility. It's a big church, a large church, and there's a lot of opinion and comment," said churchgoer Sandy Leak.
But for those who are big fans of Pope Francis said they're celebrating the fact that he seeks to embrace all Catholics.
"There's nothing in him that seeks to alienate people, I think, and I think people are going to appreciate that message," Sandy Leak said.