Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Abuse of Dominican boys ‘like a dagger through the Pope’s heart’ bishop Fausto Ramon Mejia revealed Tuesday that Pope Francis has said his heart feels "like it’s been crossed by a dagger" from the  abuse to several Dominican minors by his ousted envoy Józef Wesolowski.

“I was in Rome around one month ago at a gathering of bishops and had a meeting with Pope Francis on the last day. He arrived very simply and spoke with all of us was one by one and after that when I talked with him, he had a clear smile, but when I told him that I was from the Dominican Republic, that smile turned to very serious and told me this phrase: I feel my heart as if it was crossed by a dagger from the pain for what happened in the Dominican Republic," the prelate said, quoted by

Mejia said the Pontiff discussed the issue with him at length and told him that the church’s work cannot be halted because of what the former Vatican’s envoy committed. 

"I couldn’t remain standing after that and had to sit and the other bishops even asked me why Pope Francis spent more time with me than with all the others... "The Pope was moved and very strongly."

For San Francisco’s Bishop, the Pope’s attitude reflects his profound concern with those incidents.

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