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Pope Francis to meet with sexual abuse survivors at the Vatican

Pope Francis, who has championed a "zero tolerance" stance toward clergy sexual abuse, has issued an invitation to survivors of clergy-related sexual abuse to meet with him privately at the Vatican.
By JC Finley   |   June 26, 2014 at 12:28 PM   |   Comments

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VATICAN CITY, June 26 (UPI) -- Pope Francis is expected to meet with survivors of clergy-related sexual abuse at the Vatican next week.

The meeting with survivors from Britain, Ireland, Poland, and the United States will be private.

Those in attendance will have the opportunity to speak one-on-one with the head of the Catholic Church.

His audience with those who have experienced sexual abuse will coincide with the second meeting of the Pontifical Council for the Protection of Minors, convened to advise Pope Francis on the Church's measures to protect children.

The Holy Father has promised a "zero tolerance" approach to clergy abuse.

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