Press Release: Meeting of Pope with
Victims of Sexual Abuse
On Sunday 18 April 2010, in the Apostolic Nunciature in Malta, the Holy
Father met a small group of persons who were sexually abused by members
of the clergy.
He was deeply moved by their stories and expressed his shame and sorrow
over what victims and their families have suffered. He prayed with them
and assured them that the Church is doing, and will continue to do, all
in its power to investigate allegations, to bring to justice those
responsible for abuse and to implement effective measures designed to
safeguard young people in the future.
In the spirit of his recent Letter to the Catholics of Ireland, he
prayed that all the victims of abuse would experience healing and
reconciliation, enabling them to move forward with renewed hope.
[Original text: English]
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