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Catholic dioceses will hear abuse allegation­s

- — Reuters

Spain’s Catholic Church will set up local commission­s to hear complaints from victims of abuse after holding talks in Rome with Pope Francis on Friday about allegation­s over eight decades detailed in a Spanish newspaper.

El País in December published a three-year investigat­ion that it said uncovered potential abuse by 251 priests and some laypeople from religious institutio­ns against at least 1,237 victims from 1943 to 2018.

It said its correspond­ent gave a 385-page dossier to the pope on Dec. 2 while the papal entourage and journalist­s were flying from Rome to Cyprus. Cardinal Juan José Omella, president of the Spanish Episcopal Conference, discussed sex abuse issues with Francis at the Vatican and said each diocese would set up a commission to receive accusation­s and then investigat­e.

The Spanish church has rejected suggestion­s it set up an independen­t investigat­ion body as has been done in France.

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