Pope Francis today made a public comment about commotion caused last week as it was revealed that confidential documents were again leaked from the Vatican and two books were released with accusations of financial mismanagement.

A spokesman for the director of the Secretariat for the Economy, Cardinal George Pell, released a statement in regard to the events.

The Pope today, after praying the midday Angelus with those in St. Peter’s Square, said the whole thing is nothing to get upset about.

Saying that he was aware “many of you have been upset by the news,” he emphasized that “first of all,”  “stealing those documents was a crime.” 

“It’s a deplorable act that does not help,” the Pope said.

He added: “I personally had asked for that study to be carried out and both I and my advisers were well acquainted with (the contents of) those documents and steps have been taken that have started to bear fruit, some of them even visible.”

Pope Francis said this “sad event” “certainly does not deter me from the reform project that we are carrying out, together with my advisers and with the support of all of you.”

“Yes,” he said, “with the support of the whole Church because the Church renews itself with prayer and the daily holiness of each baptized person.”

“I therefore thank you and ask you to continue to pray for the Pope and the Church,” he said, “without getting upset or troubled, but proceeding with faith and hope.”

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