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Pope Francis is close to victims of abuse

· Audience with the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith ·

The Holy Father received in Audience this morning Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. On this occasion various topics of the Dicastery’s competence were discussed. The Holy Father recommended in particular that the Congregation, continuing on the lines desired by Benedict XVI, should act with determination with regard to cases of sex abuse. In the first place, it should promote measures for the protection of minors; help for those who have suffered such violence in the past, the due procedures for the guilty, and the commitment of Bishops’ Conferences to formulate and implement the necessary guidelines in this area which is so important for the witness of the Church and for her credibility. The Holy Father gave the Archbishop his assurance that the victims of abuse are present in a special way in his attention and  his prayers.

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Aug. 25, 2019

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