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In speech to Chilean leaders, Pope asks forgiveness for abuses

January 16, 2018

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CWN Editor's Note: In a January 16 address to Chile’s political leaders, Pope Francis spoke of his “pain and shame at the irreparable damage caused to children by some ministers of the Church.” He said that the Church is committed to helping the victims. The Pontiff also spoke of Chile’s recovery from years of authoritarian rule, and the need for forgiveness. He said that “each new generation must take up the struggles and attainments of past generations, while setting its own sights even higher.”

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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Jan. 16, 2018 6:46 PM ET USA

    The Pope should be enjoying himself. He is in his element. He is smelling like sheep, getting dirty, and acknowledging a "messy" Church. He is offering his version of a Church not closed in on itself. Pray that grace may abound all the more.