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Francis Defiant in Defense of Pagan Idols: Will Bring Out Pagan Idols for Worship at Saint Peter's

At the end of Synod works this Friday, Francis spoke on the pagan idols that were being displayed at various Synod events and permanently at various altars at the church of Santa Maria in Traspontina, near the Vatican.

Francis first asked "forgiveness" to those who were offended by the action of those who removed the pagan idols from the church and threw them in the Tiber.

He then assured those present that there had not been "idolatry" in the worship and display of the pagan idols, that they had been recovered, and were now under the care of the police. He also said the pagan idols will be brought to Saint Peter's  basilicae for the closing ceremony of the Synod, this Sunday.

(Various sources, incl. I-Media)

Update: The actual words of Francis:


Good afternoon, I would like to say a word about the pachamama statues that were removed from the Church at Traspontina, which were there without idolatrous intentions and were thrown into the Tiber.

First of all, this happened in Rome and, as bishop of the diocese, I ask pardon of the people who were offended by this act.

Then, I can inform you that the statues which created so much media clamor were found in the Tiber. The statues are not damaged.

The Commander of the Carabinieri [Italian police] wished to inform us of the retrieval before the news becomes public. At the moment the news is confidential, and the statues are being kept in the office of the Commander of the Italian Carabinieri.

The leadership of the Carabinieri will be very happy to follow any indication given on the method of making the news public, and regarding the other initiatives desired in its regard, for example, the commander said, “the display of the statues at the closing Mass of the Synod.” We’ll see.

I delegate the Secretary of State to respond to this.

This is good news, thank you.

(Pope's words provided by Matteo Matzuzzi; translation by LifeSite)