For Victims of Abuse – The Pope Video

Mar 20, 2023 | Pope Video

“Asking for forgiveness is necessary, but not enough”: in the month of March, Pope Francis reflects on abuse, “especially to those committed by members of the Church” and asks that we pray with him for the victims, “who have to be ‘at the center’ of everything.” At the same time, he invites the Church itself to be “a model”: whether of transparency to “bring it to light,” of “concrete actions to repair the horrors they have suffered and to prevent them from happening again,” or of offering “safe spaces for victims to be heard, supported psychologically, and protected.” The video that accompanies his words, made by the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network, is a story with powerful symbolic content. It plays with the comparison of light and darkness, and narrates the uniqueness of every life and the profound suffering caused by violence.

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