Pope Francis accepts Paris archbishop’s resignation

Pope Francis accepts Paris archbishop’s resignation

Archbishop Michel Aupetit sent letter to Francis last week offering to resign after media reports of relationship with woman

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Pope Francis has accepted Paris archbishop Michel Aupetit’s offer to step down after he admitted to an “ambiguous” relationship with a woman, the Bishops' Conference of France (CEF) said Thursday in a statement.

“I was greatly disturbed by the attacks against me. I ask forgiveness of those I could have hurt and assure you all of my deep friendship and my prayers,” Aupetit, 70, said in a statement following his resignation.

Aupetit sent a letter to Francis on Nov. 26 offering to resign after French media reports said he had a relationship with a woman in 2012.

In a statement on Nov. 26, Aupetit admitted that he had an "ambiguous" relationship with a woman but denied allegations that he had sexual relations with her.


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