French Cardinal Jean-Pierre Ricard of Bordeaux is pictured in a 2013 photo at the Vatican. He has admitted to abusing a 14-year-old girl 35 years ago. (CNS photo/Max Rossi, Reuters)

LOURDES, France | French Cardinal Jean-Pierre Ricard, former head of the French bishops’ conference, admitted to abusing a 14-year-old girl 35 years ago.

The revelation came in a letter from Cardinal Ricard read by Archbishop Eric de Moulins-Beaufort of Reims, president of the bishops’ conference, during a news conference on abuse Nov. 7, during the French bishops’ general assembly.

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