Violence against women is “an almost satanic problem”, Pope Francis told an Italian television program broadcast on Sunday in a conversation that discussed poverty, the pandemic and the lives of prisoners. Source: Crux.
The program was a dialogue between the pontiff and four “invisible ones” who have been forgotten, discarded or humiliated by society.
One of those was Giovanna, who told the Pope about having to leave her home with her four children, because of the ongoing domestic violence.
“It is very large the number of women assaulted and abused at home ... it is a problem that for me is almost satanic because it means taking advantage of the weakness of those who cannot defend themselves, who can only [try to] block the blows, it is humiliating,” he said.
Francis also had words for Maria, a homeless woman who now resides in Palazzo Migliori, a shelter near St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican.
“You speak of cruelty, and this is society’s hardest slap in the face for you, when someone else’s problem is ignored,” he told Maria. “We are entering a culture of indifference where we try to distance ourselves from the real problems, the suffering caused by homelessness, the lack of jobs.”
Francis also heard the stories of Maristella, an 18-year-old scout whose youthful joy has been lost due to the pandemic; and Pierdonato who served 25 years in prison.
Pierdonato asked the Pope if there is hope for those who desire change, and the Pope told him that, as the Bible says, “hope never disappoints.”