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Despite accusations by the former nuncio in the U.S., Pope Francis is "calm and serene," says Vatican Secretary of State Pietro Parolin in an interview with the Spanish edition of Vatican Insider this Thursday.
Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò's document caused "great pain," Cardinal Parolin admits. He now hopes everyone will cooperate in "seeking the truth and ensuring justice is done". In the interview with Vatican Insider, Cardinal Parolin does not elaborate on the individual allegations – including those against his person.
Rather, the "number two" in the Vatican repeated what Pope Francis said about the Viganò document at the flying press conference on Sunday night's flight back to Rome from Dublin: "The document speaks for itself," Cardinal Parolin repeated the pope's words. The pope had "clear words" on the abuse ie during his trip to Ireland, Parolin said in an.
COMECE present themselves to Pope Francis
The EU bishops' commission COMECE demonstratively places itself in front of Pope Francis. "In the face of serious attacks on the Church and the Holy Father, COMECE reaffirms its support, fidelity and trust towards Pope Francis," COMECE President Archbishop Jean-Claude Hollerich said Friday in Brussels.
They condemn attempts to "divide the Church of Christ" and call on all people of good will to "work for the development of a world of justice, truth and peace," the Luxembourg archbishop said.
Latin American bishops also pro pope
Also the episcopates of Spain, Argentina, Peru and Paraguay had strengthened the head of the church in the past days with letters the back, reported the Vatican Internet portal Vatican News on Friday.
The Argentine bishops' conference called the 11-page letter in which the ex-nuntius accuses the pope of covering up abuse by Washington Cardinal Theodore McCarrick a "reckless attack," according to the report. She accused the Italian Vatican diplomat of being guided in his actions by "narrow secular interests".
Abuse victims: 'regressive agenda'
A Chilean anti-abuse activist Juan Carlos Cruz also threw his support behind Pope. People like Vigano are using the abuse debate for their own "retrograde agenda" to harm the pope and without the victims playing a role, Cruz wrote (Wednesday) on Twitter. Cruz is himself a victim of a Catholic clergyman and, along with two other men, helped expose the sex scandal in the Chilean church.
Latin American bishops' council Celam ared Francis of "fidelity, closeness and collaboration" so that "the truth about all sins" comes into its own. Peruvian bishops said the "desire to destabilize the Church and its ministry" was the motive for the ex-nuntius' demand for resignation.