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Pope Francis meets sex abuse victims in Chile

From BBC - January 16, 2018

Pope Francis has met a group of victims of sexual abuse by priests in Chile.

The meeting at the Vatican's mission in Santiago was "strictly private", his office said, providing no further details.

Earlier during his visit to Chile, the Pope felt "pain and shame" over the sex abuse scandal, asking the victims for forgiveness.

He has been criticised in Chile for a decision to ordain a bishop accused of covering up sexual abuse by a priest.

'Irreparable harm'

Francis has said in the past that dealing with abuse is vital for the Church's credibility, and that "sanctions" must be imposed against perpetrators.

But critics in Chile say he failed to respond to their request to review the appointment of Juan Barros as bishop of Osorno.

Parishioners in the southern Chilean city say Bishop Barros used his position in the Church to try to block an investigation into the actions of his mentor, Catholic priest Fernando Karadima.

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