- Last year, it was reported that an Indian bishop allegedly abused a nun
- Pope Francis was asked during his flight regarding this controversy
- The pontiff has spoken regarding the issue and acknowledged it
During the flight of Pope Francis from his historic visit to the United Arab Emirates, the pontiff has addressed the concern with regard to priests and bishops involved in abusing nuns.
KAMI learned that Pope Francis has admitted that there were some church leaders who have done it.
"There are some priests and also bishops who have done it," Pope Francis said as reported by Agence France-Presse.
According to Pope Francis, this problem can be seen “anywhere”.
"I think it's still going on, because it's not something that just goes away like that,” the pontiff said.
In a report by ABS-CBN News, Pope Francis shared that the Church wants to do more in terms of addressing the issue.
"I don't want to hear it said that the Church has not got this problem, because it has. Must we do more? Yes! Do we want to? Yes!" said Pope Francis.
Last year, a nun has accused an Indian bishop of sexually abusing her repeatedly. Bishop Franco Mulakkal was arrested on September 21 for allegedly sexually abusing the nun around 13 times from 2014 to 2016. Pope Francis immediately suspended Mulakkal a day before his arrest.
There have been reports received by the Vatican that even in the 1990s, there were nuns in Africa being abused by some priests.
As previously reported by KAMI, Pope Francis has made the first ever mass in an Arabian peninsula. The pontiff and Grand Imam of Al Azhar, Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb have signed the “Document on Human Fraternity”. After this, they did the traditional “nose kissing” which drew flak from netizens.
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