Survivor calls pope meeting ‘great, great thing’

VATICAN CITY (AP) — A Polish survivor of clergy sex abuse says a meeting with Pope Francis and the kiss the pontiff planted on his hand shows Francis’ good will in addressing the problem of priests molesting children.

Have No Fear foundation founder Marek Lisinski told Poland’s TVN24 channel he could see “true sadness and concern” and even tears in the pope’s eyes during Francis’ meeting with Polish activists on Wednesday.

They gave Francis a report listing hundreds of alleged cases of priests sexually abusing children in Poland.

Lisinski says abuse survivors in Poland are still waiting for redress from the Roman Catholic Church.

But he says the Vatican meeting and Francis’ unexpected kissing of his hand was a “great, great thing in my life in which I place great hope.”