Guam archbishop under investigation greets pope at general audience
Waiting for a Vatican verdict on allegations that he sexually abused several boys in the 1970s, Archbishop Anthony S. Apuron of Agana, Guam, attended one of Pope Francis’ weekly general audiences in February.
The archbishop’s presence at the audience on 7th February was not announced by the Vatican. However, Vatican media did not attempt to hide his presence in photographs and a video of the audience.
The Italian website, Vatican Insider, published a story on 10th February claiming that when Archbishop Apuron personally greeted the pope at the end of the audience, he told the pope, “Holy Father, I wanted to see you before I die.”
The archbishop sat in a wheelchair during the audience. When the cardinals and bishops present on the stage went up to the pope, Archbishop Apuron walked with them, although with some difficulty.
Archbishop Apuron has continually denied the abuse allegations.
Picture: Pope Francis greets Archbishop Anthony S. Apuron of Agana, Guam, during his general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican on 7th February. Archbishop Apuron has been away from Guam during a Vatican-led investigation of allegations that he sexually abused several boys, allegations he strongly disputes. (CNS photo/Paul Haring).Tags: abuse, Agana, Archbishop Anthony Apuron, Archbishop Anthony S. Apuron, Archbishop Apuron, audience, general audience, Guam, Pope, Pope Francis, Vatican