U2 rock band frontman Bono Vox talks with journalists during a press conference he held at the end of a meeting with Pope Francis, at the Vatican, Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
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VATICAN city – U2 frontman Bono has described Pope Francis as “baffled” about sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.
The Irish singer met privately with Francis on Wednesday in the Vatican hotel where the pope lives, to discuss themes that Bono told reporters “the wild beast that is capitalism” and sustainable development.
Bono said that because Francis Ireland visited recently, they spoke about the pope’s “feelings about what has happened in the church.”
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The Irish church’s reputation is stained by the cases of pedophile priests and systematic abuse cover-ups.
Bono said he told Francis how it looks to what the perpetrators are more protected then the victims and “you can see the pain in his face, and I felt that he was sincere.”
Francis is under pressure to reveal what he knew about the perpetrators.