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Vatican: meeting between John Castex and Pope Francis in a tense climate

Prime Minister Jean Castex goes to the Vatican, Monday, October 18, to meet with Pope Francis, almost two weeks after the publication of the Sauvé report on child crime in the Catholic Church.

The meeting between Jean Castex and Pope Francis at the Vatican, scheduled for Monday, October 18, should not be overlooked. the news of the last weeks concerning child crime within the Catholic Church. “The audience was initially intended to celebrate the centenary of the restoration of diplomatic relations between France and the Vatican, but the Sauvé report will of course be at the heart of the discussions”, confirms the special envoy Jean-Baptiste Marteau, live from Rome (Italy).

The very sensitive question of the secrecy of confession should also be put on the table, after the Conference of Bishops of France, which aroused a lot of very negative reactions. “Its president Mgr de Moulins-Beaufort declared during this conference that the secrecy of confession was ‘above the laws of the Republic’. This is unacceptable for the French government, as it has repeatedly reminded the clergy. Matignon affirms that on this subject, the position of Jean Castex should not vary “, specifies Jean-Baptiste Marteau.

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