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Vatican faces questions about sexual abuse

Published:Thursday | January 16, 2014 | 12:16 PM


The Vatican is being confronted publicly for the first time over the sexual abuse of children by clergy, at a UN hearing in Geneva.

Officials faced a barrage of hard questions such as why would they not release full data and what were they doing to prevent future abuse.

The Vatican earlier refused a request from the UN's Committee on the Rights of the Child for data on abuse, and was accused of responding inadequately to abuse allegations.

Victims say they hope the hearing, which is being broadcast live, will prompt the Church to end its secrecy.

Pope Francis announced last month that a Vatican commission would be set up to fight sexual abuse of children in the Church.


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