(USA TODAY) WASHINGTON — Pope Francis urged his fellow American bishops to take care of the spiritual needs of priests and to welcome new immigrants into the United States, gently admonishing them to "flee the temptation of narcissism."
In a tone more fraternal than scolding, Francis encouraged the bishops as spiritual shepherds but also urged them to confront the issues of the world: The response to abortion, childhood hunger, immigration, the elderly, terrorism are "essential aspects of the Church’s mission," he said. "It is wrong, then, to look the other way or to remain silent."
Francis also sought healing for the victims of the priest sexual abuse scandal. "I realize how much the pain of recent years has weighed upon you and I have supported your generous commitment to bring healing to victims — in the knowledge that in healing we too are healed — and to work to ensure that such crimes will never be repeated," he said.
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