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Pope Francis writes Letter to Catholics around the World over Sexual Abuse & Cover-up

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    Pope Francis writes Letter to Catholics around the World over Sexual Abuse & Cover-up

    A letter to Catholics around the world has been issued by Pope Francis condemning the "crime" of priestly sexual abuse and cover-up and demanding accountability, following new developments in the United States of decades of misconduct by the Catholic Church, Associated Press reports.

    Pope Francis begged victims for forgiveness for the pain endured and said lay Catholics must join in any effort to extirpate abuse and cover-up.

    He slammed the self-referential clerical culture that has been blamed for the abuse crisis, with church leaders more concerned for their reputation than the safety of children.

    Pope Francis wrote: "We showed no care for the little ones; we abandoned them."

    The letter was issued out by the Vatican Monday, ahead of Francis' trip this weekend to Ireland that is expected to preoccupied with abuse stories.
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