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POPE'S MESSAGE | Pope asks forgiveness for scandals in Rome, Vatican

Pope Francis greeted the crowd at his general audience Oct. 14 in St. Peter’s Square. Before beginning his catechesis, the pope said, “I would like — in the name of the Church — to ask your forgiveness for the scandals which have occurred recently both in Rome and at the Vatican. I ask your forgiveness.”

VATICAN CITY -- With 30,000 people gathered in St. Peter's Square, Pope Francis asked forgiveness for scandals that have occurred within the church recently.

"Before beginning my catechesis, I would like -- in the name of the Church -- to ask your forgiveness for the scandals which have occurred recently both in Rome and at the Vatican," the pope said. "I ask your forgiveness."

The pope's off-the-cuff remarks Oct. 14 followed a reading from St. Matthew's Gospel in which Jesus warns of scandalizing the "little ones."

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