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Archbishop Viganò in Hiding, Fearing for His Life After Bombshell Letter Accusing Pope Francis

, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò reads the Apostolic Mandate during the Installation Mass of Archbishop Blase Cupich at Holy Name Cathedral, in Chicago.

Archbishop Carlo Viganò has gone into hiding, in fear for his life after accusing the pope of covering up sexual misconduct in an eleven-page letter, the National Catholic Register's Edward Pentin reported on EWTN.

Pentin is one of several journalists who broke the story about Vigano's letter alleging Pope Francis knew about sexual abuse charges against the now retired Cardinal Theodore McCarrick.

Pentin reported on the story with new details from the Vatican on Monday:

Aldo Maria Valli, a journalist who works for Italian National Television, helped break the story on his blog after Viganò made the shocking revelations in a series of interviews that were arranged at his request.

Valli wrote that he had initially suggested meeting at his office or at a nearby bar for the interview, but Viganò objected, saying, "No, no, for heaven's sake. As far as possible from the Vatican, far from prying eyes.”

So Viganò agreed to come to Valli’s home for the first interview.

According to Valli: “When the archbishop arrives, on a warm evening of almost summer, I see a man older than I remembered. He smiles, but it soon becomes clear that something oppresses him. It has a weight in the heart.”

Viganò reportedly expressed his concern for the church, "fearing that at its summits there are people who do not work to bring the Gospel of Jesus to the men and women of our time, but to bring confusion and yield to the logic of the world."

And then the archbishop launched into a long and melancholy monologue about his experience in the Secretariat of State, at the head of the Vatican City Governorate and as a nuncio in Nigeria and in the United States. According to Valli, Viganò spoke almost non-stop, pausing only to take bites of food, and described events that rendered his wife and daughters speechless at times.

Valli quoted Viganò saying, "I am seventy-seven years old, I am at the end of my life. I do not care about men's judgment. The only judgment that matters is that of the good God. He will ask me what I have done for the Church of Christ and I want to be able to answer that I have defended and served until the end.”

After the archbishop left, Valli says he was tempted to rush to his computer and write down some of his "revelations." But he resisted the temptation because Viganò had not given him permission to write about the conversation. The archbishop hadn't given instructions one way or another, according to Valli, and it occurred to him that the archbishop wanted to see if he could be trusted.