Pope Francis apologized for recent scandals Wednesday before offering his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square.

"I would like, before beginning the catechesis, on behalf of the church, to ask forgiveness for the scandals that have occurred in recent times both in Rome and in the Vatican," said Pope Francis. "I ask forgiveness."

"The word of Jesus is strong today, woe to the world because of scandals. Jesus is a realist. He says it is inevitable that there will be scandals. But woe to the man who causes scandals," he said.

The Pope's remarks were interpreted to be about a high level Polish priest, Monsignor Krysztof Olaf Charamsa, who was relieved of his duties after he announced he was gay and "proud" ahead of a major Catholic Church meeting on families.

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