Pope Wraps Up Synod on Youth Claiming Persecution over Abuse

Credit: Annett Klingner

(From AP News)

Pope Francis wrapped up a month-long meeting of bishops dedicated to young people by saying Saturday the Catholic Church was being “persecuted” and “dirtied” by accusations from the devil — an apparent reference to claims that he covered up for a sexual predator that have thrown his papacy into turmoil.

The Argentine pope made the comments to about 250 bishops, 30 young people and a handful of nuns who had just approved a 60-page final document at the close of a synod on how the church can better minister to today’s youth.

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