Pope Francis used his weekly Sunday message to
denounce paedophilia, following the emergence
of new details surrounding the alleged rape and
murder of an Italian girl- child in 2014.
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
“We must protect our minors and severely
The Pope has vowed a “zero tolerance” for
abusers in the Church, however victims groups
have accused him of not doing enough. S
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