Sydney, Australia, Feb 13, 2018 / 00:16 am
The bishops of Australia have called on the faithful of the country to begin the season of Lent with four days of fasting and reparation for victims of sexual abuse within the Church.
One suggested prayer for the penitential period asks God: "May all those who have been abused physically, emotionally and sexually by your ministers be respected and accompanied by tangible gestures of justice and reparation so that they may feel healed with the balm of your compassion."
It adds: "We pray that your Church may be a secure home where all children and vulnerable adults are brought closer to your Beloved Son."
The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference in a Feb. 5 message asked Catholics to dedicate Feb. 14-17 as days of fasting and reparation for cases of sexual abuse within the Church.