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Pope Francis Meets with Survivors of Clergy Sexual Abuse in Portugal

HeadlineAug 03, 2023

Pope Francis met Wednesday with survivors of sexual abuse by clergy during a trip to Lisbon, Portugal. The visit comes in the wake of a report which found priests and other church officials in Portugal likely abused 5,000 children or more since 1950. Pope Francis also called out Portugal’s Catholic leaders for their inaction and dismissal of the survivors, and said the church needed “purification” from a string of child abuse scandals.

Pope Francis: “They call for a humble and constant purification, starting from the cry of pain of the victims, always to welcome and listen.”

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