“The task assigned to me by the Pope for the meeting is to be the “Moderator” of the assembly. This means directing the course of the Meeting at times when all the participants will be together in the Hall. In addition, those responsible for Vatican communication wish for me to participate in the Press Conference and daily Briefings with journalists in the Press Room, as well as to collaborate on the communication plan and the preparation of informational materials.
My involvement in addressing the problem of child sexual abuse and of promoting child protection began when I was Director of the Press Office during the pontificate of Pope Benedict. I have since followed the various crises and responses of the Pope. Over the course of that involvement, I have come to accept that this problem not only has deep roots within the Church, but that it demands engagement from all of us. This situation asks us to face profound challenges: not only the rightful respect of minors and the credibility of the Church, but also for our religious identity, the radicality of our testimony, our vow of chastity in today’s world.
As far as I can, I would like to help the assembly to live seriously but with confidence in this moment; to not be afraid of the attention of the media. I would like them rather to try to help the media, to feel associated with the effort of Pope Francis and the Church for the urgent and necessary service to the children of the world.”