Memorial for victims of abuse

Memorial for victims of abuse

A "cautionary millstone" against violence and sexual abuse has now found its place at the Vatican. Representatives of an initiative against violence and sexual abuse of children and young people had delivered it to Pope Francis a week ago.

He said the pope had decided to place him in front of the headquarters of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Children on Largo Giovanni Paolo II behind the Paul VI Audience Hall. to let set up, so press speaker Matteo Bruni on inquiry of the catholic news agency (KNA).

Pope "deeply moved and moved"

The 1.4-ton memorial was placed between two pillars of the Audience Hall in a bed of usambara violets. The stone carries in German the sentence of Jesus: "But whoever gives offense to one of these little ones who believe in me, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck and he were sunk into the depths of the sea" (Gospel of Matthew, chapter 18, verse 6). It was presented to the pope by an initiative based in Siershahn in Rhineland-Palatinate. Francis was "deeply moved and moved," initiative says. She quoted him as saying, "This is strong!"

The "Admonishing Millstone" has been on display in many German cities since 2008. The idea is to set a sign to remind adults of their responsibility towards the children entrusted to them. Chairman of the initiative is the social pedagogue Johannes Heibel, who has been dealing with cases of sexual abuse in church and society since 1993.

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