Hindustan Times (Jalandhar)

Pope begs for­give­ness over Catholic church sex abuse

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SAN­TI­AGO: Pope Fran­cis begged for for­give­ness on Tues­day for the “ir­repara­ble dam­age” done to chil­dren who were raped and mo­lested by priests, open­ing his visit to Chile by div­ing head-first into a scan­dal that has greatly hurt the Catholic Church’s cred­i­bil­ity here. Speak­ing to Chile’s pres­i­dent, law­mak­ers, judges and other au­thor­i­ties, Fran­cis said he felt “bound to ex­press my pain and shame” that some of Chile’s pas­tors had sex­u­ally abused chil­dren in their care.

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