BUFFALO — The Diocese of Buffalo released a video statement Monday afternoon on behalf of Bishop Richard J. Malone following his return to the United States after a week spent in Rome with other bishops from across New York State. A report by Christopher Lamb, The Tablet's Vatican correspondent, last week alluded to a resignation by Malone, who has been under fire since the spring of 2018 for the diocese's mishandling of clerical abuse, as being 'imminent.' 

Among the highlights in the statement, released shortly after 1 p.m. Eastern time by the diocese's communications office, Malone acknowledged that he spoke privately with Pope Francis noting, "It was clear that the Pope understands the difficulties and distress we here in Buffalo, and I personally, have been experiencing. He was very understanding and kind." 

Malone also confirmed that the results of the Apostolic Visitation by Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio are with the Congregation for Bishops and acknowledged a conversation he had with Congregation Prefect Cardinal Marc Ouellet, but did not specify further. 

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