Reconciliation happens by free choice – Archbishop Scicluna

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Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Archibishop Charles Scicluna, who is in Chile said that the people are free to accept or reject the call for reconciliation.

Mgr Scicluna who is currently on a special mission to help bring healing to the diocese of Osorno along with Mgr Jordi Bertoemu, delivered Pope Francis’ apology to the Chilean People during a special reconciliation mass following the clerical abuse scandals that rocked Chile.

Mgr. Scicluna said that the Pope tasked him with delivering his request for forgiveness from all the members of the diocese of Osorno and citizens of the terroritory who may have been hurt or insulted. Back in January Pope Francis had apologised to the victims of the clerical abuse whom he had met in Chile. He apologised for having used words which defended Bishop Barros and which may have offended the victims.

Mgr. Scicluna quoted the words of the Chilean priest Valdes Subercaseaux during the mass, saying that peace is a gift from God that was given to the people through His Son’s sacrifice.

He said that for this reason he will pray to the Lord to help His people so that he may be an instrument, apostle and leader of peace.

The special mission came to an end after a Mass was celebrated in the Cathedral of San Mateo after which they met with all parish communities in the diocese to pray for peace and reconciliation.

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In comments that were given to the press after Mass, Mgr. Scicluna said that reconciliation is a gift of God and not the work of the human being. He asserted that one can only express reconciliation in a humble manner but it is up to the people whether to accept it or otherwise.