Vatican City, Feb 20, 2019 / 16:40 pm
While studying at an African minor seminary at the age of 14, Benjamin Kitobo says he was abused by a Belgian priest, who had been sent to Africa after previously abusing children in Europe.
Now as an adult, Kitobo is one of the many sex abuse victims who traveled to Rome to share his story on the sidelines of the Vatican's Feb. 21 - 24 sex abuse summit where bishops will meet in the presence of Pope Francis to discuss the protection of minors.
Kitobo told CNA at a gathering of victims and advocates from across Africa, Asia, and Latin America outside St. Peter's Square Wednesday that he is calling for "zero tolerance" for bishops who cover-up sexual abuse, as well as the abusers themselves.
"Zero tolerance … for the people playing into the mechanism of covering up and the people abusing children," he said, emphasizing that this needs to be "enforceable."