Pope Francis learns “with sorrow” of French clergy abuse report – Vatican


VATICAN CITY, Oct 5 (Reuters) – Pope Francis “learned with sorrow” concerning the content material of an investigation into sexual abuse within the French Catholic Church, a Vatican assertion mentioned on Tuesday.

“First of all his thoughts go to the victims, with great sorrow, for their wounds,” the assertion mentioned, including that the pope additionally felt gratitude for the braveness that they had proven in denouncing what that they had been by means of.

“(His thoughts go to) the Church of France, so that, in the awareness of this terrible reality … it may embark on a path of redemption,” the assertion added.

French clergy have sexually abused greater than 200,000 kids over the previous 70 years, a serious investigation launched on Tuesday discovered. Its authors accused the Catholic Church of turning a blind eye for too lengthy. learn extra

Reporting by Giulia Segreti, modifying by Gavin Jones

A man prays in Notre-Dame Basilica in Nice, France, October 4, 2021.  REUTERS/Eric Gaillard