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#Vatican: Pope asks for forgiveness but does not say why

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By Euronews  with AFP
#Vatican: Pope asks for forgiveness but does not say why

<p>The Pope has asked members of the Catholic Church for forgiveness.</p> <p>It is an unprecedented step, the reasons for which the Vatican has not clarified. <p></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="fr"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Pope asks forgiveness for the scandals that have rocked the Church – (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Wednesday… <a href="http://t.co/upolyAXhav">http://t.co/upolyAXhav</a></p>— Catholic News Live (@cathnewslive) <a href="https://twitter.com/cathnewslive/status/654220291959312384">14 Octobre 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> </p> <p>A spokesman would only say the Pontiff is referring to scandals in which there is a “reponsibility for men of the Church.”</p> <p>“I ask you for forgiveness,” the Pontiff said during his weekly audience in St Peter’s Square, “Jesus is a realist and he says it is inevitable that scandals will occur, but woe betide the man who causes them.” <p></p> <h3>“Scandals” that have rocked Rome in recent weeks</h3> </p> <p>A senior Polish priest caused a stir at the beginning of October when he revealed he was gay. <p></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="fr"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Vatican sacks Polish priest <a href="https://twitter.com/KOCharamsa"><code>kocharamsa</a> after he comes out as gay: <a href="http://t.co/aAM4PQZBAb">http://t.co/aAM4PQZBAb</a> <a href="http://t.co/HQA8uEZaeI">pic.twitter.com/HQA8uEZaeI</a></p>&mdash; ABC Religion&Ethics (</code>ABCReligion) <a href="https://twitter.com/ABCReligion/status/654240916786425856">14 Octobre 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> </p> <p>The Vatican dismissed Monsignor Kryzsytof Charamsa, who said he had been living with a male partner for years.</p> <p>The Vatican has also said the Pope’s appeal is not linked to the recent resignation of the Mayor of Rome over an expenses scandal. <p></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="fr"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Mayor of <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Rome?src=hash">#Rome</a> – elected on anti-corruption platfrom – quits over expenses scandal <a href="http://t.co/WYqCzlVCUF">http://t.co/WYqCzlVCUF</a> via <a href="https://twitter.com/POLITICOEurope"><code>POLITICOEurope</a></p>&mdash; Ryan Heath (</code>PoliticoRyan) <a href="https://twitter.com/PoliticoRyan/status/652216509004148736">8 Octobre 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> </p>