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Pope Francis

Asks forgiveness for child abuse victims

7 Jul, 2014

In a homily given during a private mass today with six victims of clerical sexual abuse, Francis apologizes and asks for forgiveness:

I beg your forgiveness, too, for the sins of omission on the part of Church leaders who did not respond adequately to reports of abuse made by family members, as well as by abuse victims themselves. This led to even greater suffering on the part of those who were abused and it endangered other minors who were at risk.