Boston, Mass., Mar 3, 2023 / 12:22 pm
Pope Francis’s prayer intention for the month of March is for victims of abuse.
“In response to the cases of abuse, especially to those committed by members of the Church, it’s not enough to ask for forgiveness. Asking for forgiveness is necessary but it is not enough,” the Holy Father said in a video released by the Vatican March 2.
“Asking for forgiveness is good for the victims, but they are the ones who have to be at the center of everything,” Pope Francis said.
“Their pain and their psychological wounds can begin to heal if they find answers — if there are concrete actions to repair the horrors they have suffered and to prevent them from happening again. The Church cannot try to hide the tragedy of abuse of any kind. Nor when the abuse takes place in families, in clubs, or in other types of institutions,” the Holy Father added.