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Cardinal Barbarin, March 18, 2019 © Vatican Media

Cardinal Barbarin Acquitted — Statement of Matteo Bruni

The Statement of the Director of the Holy See Press Office

“The Holy See has learnt the news of the judgment of the Court of Appeal of Lyon, in the case of Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, and the decision of His Eminence to remit again his mandate in Pope Francis’ hands. Together with the French Episcopal Conference, the Holy See reaffirms its closeness to all the victims of abuses in their suffering and to their families and communities, and is at the side  of the Church of Lyon, harshly tried.

The Holy Father, who continues to follow closely the unfolding of this painful affair, will communicate his decision in due time.”

[Original text: Italian]  [ZENIT’s Translation of the Vatican Statement by Virginia M. Forrester]

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