The severe bombing of the northern Iraqi city of Mosul killed at least 18 and wounded 17 civilians.
According to the Qatar satellite TV channel, Al-Jazeera, among the victims was a child. The wounded have been taken to the Saddam Hussein hospital.
On Friday morning eight American missiles fell on dwelling houses northeast of Mosul.
The remarks from the Pope came as "a very strong step towards degradation," "given the rather massive nature of homosexuality" among the Catholic clergy.