VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis, in his first Vatican meeting with sex-abuse victims, asked forgiveness for the Church’s sins of omission in sex-abuse scandals and denounced sex abuse by clergy as “execrable acts.”
The meeting took place July 7 at the Pope’s Casa Santa Marta residence. Six victims attended: three men and three women. Two were Irish, two were British, and two were German.
They arrived in Rome Sunday evening and took part in Pope Francis’ Monday morning Mass at his residence. They had breakfast together with the Pope and then met with him individually for an average time of half an hour each, communicating with the help of an interpreter.
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