Pope expresses 'shame' at French abuse scandal

AFP , Wednesday 6 Oct 2021

Pope Francis on Wednesday expressed his "shame" at the sexual abuse of children by French Catholic clergy, laid bare in a devastating report this week.

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Pope Francis addresses the audience during his weekly general audience in the Pope Paul VI hall at the Vatican, Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021. AP

"I wish to express to the victims my sadness and pain for the trauma they have suffered. And also my shame, our shame, my shame for the inability of the Church for too long to put them at the centre of its concerns," the pontiff said in his general audience.

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