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Saturday, 07 February 2015 14:21

Church must rid itself of the scourge of child sexual abuse, says Pope Francis

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Pope Francis 150In a letter to the Presidents of Episcopal Conferences and Superiors of Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, Pope Francis asks for their complete co-operation with the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors to ensure that the Church is rid of "the scourge" of the sexual abuse of children, reports Vatican Radio.

Listen to the report by Lydia O'Kane and read the English translation of the Pope's letter.

Read the news report on 5 February 2014 from The Guardian "Never try to cover up child sex abuse, Pope Francis tells clergy".