Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Benedict XVI "to open the path of healing and reconciliation"

In the wake of the crisis caused by priests who failed to live the chastity proper to their vocation and who also violated the trust of the Church by harming young persons, the Holy Father during his visit next week will seek to address the need for forgiveness that all those injured in body and soul may find true and lasting healing.

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Secretary of State for the Holy See, said in a recent interview that Pope Benedict acknowledges "so much suffering for the victims, for the families of the victims and above all to the church because it was a contradiction with the great educational mission of the church."

He emphasized that the Holy Father will have a message of "trust and hope" especially for the clergy who will meet with him in New York.

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