Below is a working English translation of the declaration that the Vice-director of the Holy See Press Office, Paloma Garcia Ovejero, issued Friday evening, August 10, 2018, in Rome:
The Holy Father Pope Francis received this morning in his residence Domus Santa Marta Monsignor Juan Ignacio González, Bishop of San Bernardo (Chile), and Ana María Celis Brunet, President of the Chilean National Council for the Prevention of Abuses and Accompaniment of Victims.
The goal of the meeting was to collect information and exchange views on the steps that are being taken in Chile to deal with cases of abuse and to prevent them from happening again. An important point of the conversation has been about the suffering of the victims and their need to find consolation and healing.
Pope Francis, who follows with interest each step forward made by the Chilean Episcopal Conference, has expressed his wish that they continue to clarify all questions in order to be able to give an appropriate response to everyone.[Working English Translation by Deborah Castellano Lubov, Zenit Vatican Correspondent]