Pope Francis has expressed his “deepest condolences” for the victims of sexual abuse by French Catholic clergy.
A spokesman said the pope had “painfully” learned the “shocking” conclusion of an independent inquiry into the sexual abuse of 216,000 minors by French Catholic clergy in the seven decades from 1950 – and that it was “hidden under a veil”.
“His thoughts first return to the victims, thank you for speaking so deeply and courageously for their injuries,” spokesman Matteo Bruni said in a statement in Italian and French.
“They turn to the church in France, so that knowing this horrible reality … it may embark on the path of redemption.”
The pope offered his prayers for the followers of all the churches in France, and especially for those who have been abused, so that God may grant them comfort, consolation, and the “miracle of righteousness and healing.”
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