The challenge for the church is to help survivors and stop abuse from happening again, and the pope appears to be falling short.
This makes one hope for a world in which conflicts are resolved peacefully through dialogue and mutual respect, as sport also teaches.
The Pope called his message "Because of the increase of evildoing, the love of many will grow cold."
In the period in between their two meetings, the Turkish leader squashed a weak attempt at a coup and has imprisoned thousands of opponents.
The fact that Francis received the eight-page letter challenges his insistence that he has “zero tolerance” for sex abuse and cover-ups.