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“Whenever a pope is sick,” he said, “there is always a breeze or a hurricane of conclave.”
Francis also commented on some of the latest turmoil within the church.
He defended the management by the church of abuses committed against minors by the clergy, saying that “there have been very clear measures on this subject”, including the creation of a commission for the protection of minors and a world meeting in the Vatican to better deal with a problem that is eroding confidence. in the building.
He touched on a more current scandal, a corruption lawsuit that started in July involving a real estate company in London. Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu, once one of the highest prelates in the Vatican, is among the accused. He denied the charges.
Corruption must be fought, said the Pope, “but it’s an old story”. He added that the recent restructuring of the Vatican justice system would help to stamp out wrongdoing, as happened in the London real estate case, which began with an internal complaint.
“In addition to the presumption of innocence,” Francis said of Cardinal Becciu, “I want everything to go well. “
Francis also spoke of some of the cornerstones of his papacy, including the need to better integrate the hundreds of thousands of migrants who have been forced to leave their countries because of war, poverty and, increasingly, climate change.
“Regarding migrants, four attitudes: welcome, protect, promote and integrate,” he said, adding that the migration crisis should be treated as a global problem and not by country.
Emma Bubola contributed reports.