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Pope meets abuse victims

Press Release of the Holy See Press Office
At the end of the proposed meeting with the Holy Father of a representative group of persons who have been abused by members of the clergy

As an expression of his ongoing pastoral concern for those who have been abused by members of the clergy, His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI today celebrated Mass with a representative group of victims. He listened to their stories and offered them consolation. Assuring them of his spiritual closeness, he promised to continue to pray for them, their families and all victims. Through this paternal gesture, the Holy Father wished to demonstrate again his deep concern for all those who have suffered sexual abuse.

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Comunicato della Sala Stampa della Santa Sede
dopo il proposto incontro tra le vittime di abuso sessuale
e il Santo Padre

Come espressione della sua sollecitudine pastorale nei cofronti di coloro che hanno subito abusi da parte del clero, Sua Santità Benedetto XVI ha celebrato oggi una santa messa alla presenza di un gruppo rappresentativo di vittime. Il Papa ha ascoltato le loro storie e li ha consolati. Assicurando la sua vicinanza spirituale, ha promesso di continuare a pregare per loro, per le loro famiglie e per tutte le vittime. Con questo gesto paterno, il Santo Padre ha voluto dimostrare ancora una volta la sua sollecitudine nei confronti di tutti coloro che hanno sofferto per gli abusi sessuali.


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