POPE FRANCIS: “STEALING VATICAN DOCUMENTS IS A CRIME”
Sunday, November 8, after praying the Angelus with the huge crowd of faithful in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis referred to the recent theft and publication of confidential Vatican documents, saying such an action was “a crime” and “deplorable act that does not help.”
“I know that many of you have been upset by the news circulating in recent days concerning the Holy See’s confidential documents that were taken and published,” began the Holy Father. “For this reason I want to tell you, first of all, that stealing those documents was a crime. It’s a deplorable act that does not help. 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.
Francis said he wanted “to reassure you that 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, with the support of the whole Church because the Church renews itself with prayer and the daily holiness of each baptized person.”
He concluded with his habitual request for prayers, saying “I therefore thank you and ask you to continue to pray for the Pope and the Church, without getting upset or troubled but proceeding with faith and hope.”