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Pope Francis receives a Pachamama statue in the Vatican gardens during the pagan indigenous ceremony, Rome, Oct. 4, 2019.Vatican News / video screen grab

ROME, October 25, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – In a statement issued today to participants at the Amazon Synod, and recorded by reporters, Pope Francis identifies the controversial statues used in the Synod as “Pachamama,” the Incan fertility goddess.

The Vatican subsequently sent out a transcript to reporters, including LifeSite, of the Pope's remarks. The text of the transcript below is a translation by LifeSite Rome correspondent Diane Montagna.

Read more on this story here: Pope calls statues ‘Pachamamas’ and apologizes for their removal from church


Full transcript of Pope's remarks on 'Pachamama' statues

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.