Pope Francis takes additional step towards Chile victims

The Holy See Press Office released a statement yesterday detailing the encounter. It said Pope Francis would begin the meetings by celebrating Mass with the...

Pope Francis takes additional step towards Chile victims

The Holy See Press Office released a statement yesterday detailing the encounter. It said Pope Francis would begin the meetings by celebrating Mass with the...

03 June 2018 Sunday 12:58
Pope Francis takes additional step towards Chile victims

POPE Francis have met another group of abuse victims from Chile, where he tried to remedy the internal break in the community and rebuild relationship between the faithful and their pastors.

Listening to one another, praying together, summoning the courage to acknowledge the wounds that have caused so much pain and shame.

This weekend in the Vatican, Pope Francis takes another step towards healing and reconciliation when he meets privately with a second group of abuse victims from Chile.

They were accompanied by five priests who have been providing spiritual support to victims of abuse committed by some members of the clergy.

The Holy See Press Office released a statement yesterday detailing the encounter. It said Pope Francis would begin the meetings by celebrating Mass with the priests at the Casa Santa Marta.

"The aim of this meeting convoked by Pope Francis is to examine the situation experienced by a part of the Chilean faithful and clergy. With the help of these five priests, the Pope will endeavour to remedy the internal rupture in the community.

In this way it may be possible to begin to reconstruct a healthy relationship between the faithful and their pastors, once everyone has become aware of their own injuries," the statement said.

Separately, in a letter addressed to all the people of Chile, Pope Francis says the Church cannot go forward “ignoring the pain” of those who have suffered because of this abuse.

The current process of acknowledgement and purification, he writes, is possible “thanks to the effort and perseverance of specific individuals who, contrary to all hope and shame, have never tired of seeking the truth”.

Pope Francis has constantly asked for prayerful support as the Church continues along this painful and difficult journey. He repeated that request during his meeting with the Chilean Bishops in the Vatican last month.

BBC

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