Vatican City, Jan 28, 2019 / 07:48 am
Pope Francis said Monday that he sensed "inflated expectation" surrounding the Vatican's February sex abuse summit, and outlined his specific aims for the meeting.
Speaking on the papal flight returning from Panama, the pope said he wanted the world's bishops to receive a "catechesis" on the suffering of abuse survivors, and understand better the urgent reality of combating sexual abuse. This understanding, he said, would lead into a penitential liturgy during the February meeting.
"There will be testimonies to help to become aware and then a penitential liturgy to ask forgiveness for the whole Church," Pope Francis told journalists Jan 28.
The pope emphasized the importance of bishops meeting with victims of sex abuse to hear their testimonies directly to understand the lasting effects of sexual abuse.
Pope Francis said that he regularly meets with abuse victims. "I remember one ... 40 years without being able to pray. It is terrible, the suffering is terrible," he said.