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Pope Francis on McCarrick Report: I renew Church's commitment against abuse

Before concluding the General Audience, Pope Francis mentioned the McCarrick Report.

Yesterday the report on the painful case of former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick was published. I renew my closeness to victims of all forms of abuse, and the Church's commitment to eradicate this evil.

In his catechesis, Pope Francis explained that prayer must be tenacious and persistent. He said it teaches patience and trust in God.

If we do not pray, we will not have the strength to go forward in life. Prayer is like the oxygen of life. Prayer draws the presence of the Holy Spirit, who leads us forward. There are dark moments in life, in which faith may seem to be an illusion. However, practicing prayer means accepting even this struggle.

To put it in practice, before giving the blessing, the pope asked to pray with confidence and tenacity, especially in these difficult moments society is experiencing.

Javier Martínez-Brocal

Translation: CT