Vatican City, May 17, 2018 / 12:00 pm
Pope Francis thanked Chile's bishops for their "frank" dialogue during a 3-day Vatican meeting on the Chilean abuse scandals, and asked them to focus on serving abuse victims as they return to their dioceses and prepare to implement short and long term resolutions.
"After these days of prayer and reflection I invite you to continue building a prophetic Church, which knows how to put what is important at the center: service to the Lord in the hungry, the prisoner, the migrant and the abused," the pope said in a letter to Chilean bishops.
Published May 17, the letter was given to each of the bishops by Pope Francis during their final meeting earlier that evening.
He thanked the bishops for their presence and for the "frank discernment" they carried out in terms of how to face the "serious acts that have damaged ecclesial communion and weakened the work of the Church in Chile in recent years."