Pope asks for forgiveness for sexual abuse damage
Pope Francis has asked for forgiveness for the evil damage to children caused by sexual abusers in the clergy.
In quotes carried by Vatican Radio, he described the abuse as a moral damage carried out by men of the Church and said sanctions would be imposed.
The Pope’s comments have been described as his strongest statement on the issue so far.
Last month, Pope Francis strongly defended the Roman Catholic Church's record on tackling sexual abuse by priests, following UN criticism.
The Pope set up a committee last year to organise help for victims of clerical sexual abuse but has been accused by some Catholics of dragging his feet in acknowledging the extent of the moral and mental damage caused by paedophile priests.
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