The Pope’s comments followed new revelations in the case of a six-year-old girl who died in June 2014, after allegedly being thrown from an eighth-story balcony in Naples.
A 43-year-old man is being held in a prison in Rome charged with throwing the girl from a housing block in a deprived area of the city after raping her, following a re-opening of the case. The man has denied the charges.
“This is a tragedy. We should not tolerate the abuse of minors,” said Pope Francis, in his message and blessing at St Peter’s Square.
“We must protect our minors and severely punish abusers.”The Pope has vowed a “zero tolerance” for abusers in the Church, however victims groups have accused him of not doing enough.
Source: Belfast Telegraph UK