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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

The Pope has asked members of the Catholic Church for forgiveness.

It is an unprecedented step, the reasons for which the Vatican has not clarified.

A spokesman would only say the Pontiff is referring to scandals in which there is a “reponsibility for men of the Church.”

“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.”

“Scandals” that have rocked Rome in recent weeks

A senior Polish priest caused a stir at the beginning of October when he revealed he was gay.

The Vatican dismissed Monsignor Kryzsytof Charamsa, who said he had been living with a male partner for years.

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.