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Pope asks abuse victims to forgive the Church

By a staff reporter

POPE FRANCIS has begged forgiveness from survivors who suffered sexual abuse at the hands of Roman Catholic priests. He also asked for forgiveness for the Roman Catholic Church's complicity in covering up sex abuse.

In a strongly worded homily during a mass, he said: "Before God and his people, I express my sorrow for the sins and grave crimes of clerical sexual abuse committed against you. And I humbly ask forgiveness.

"I beg your forgiveness, too, for the sins of omission ...

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