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VATICAN CITY Pope Francis became the first pope to publicly denounce a “culture of abuse and coverup” in the Catholic Church, saying Thursday he was ashamed that neither he nor Chile’s Catholic leaders truly ever listened to victims as the country’s abuse scandal spiralled.

Francis made the comments in a pastoral letter to the Chilean faithful on the eve of another weekend he will spend listening to victims of Chile’s most notorious predator priest.

In the eight-page letter, Francis once again thanked victims for their “valiant perseveran­ce” in denouncing abuse and searching for the truth “even against all hopes or attempts to discredit them.”

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