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Al Jazeera English - Europe - Pope meets Maltese 'abuse victims'

Pope Benedict XVI has met alleged victims of sexual abuse by priests in Malta, as the Roman Catholic church moves to address a series of scandals that have emerged in recent months.

The pope promised the church would do "all in its power" to bring the guilty to justice and protect the young during the private meeting with eight Maltese in the Vatican's embassy on the Mediterranean island.

Benedict also "expressed his shame and sorrow over what victims and their families have suffered", a Vatican statement said.

Three priests have been accused of sexually abusing orphans on Malta in the 1980s and 1990s.

Lawrence Grech, an alleged abuse victim, spoke of the historic importance of his meeting with the Pope.

"I felt great and honoured, not even the president of Malta had the chance to meet privately with the pontiff," he told Al Jazeera.



The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
by dvx (dvx.clt št gmail dotcom) on Sun Apr 18th, 2010 at 12:06:15 PM EST
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Don't say sorry like the empty confessional they are; change the system and mean it.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Apr 19th, 2010 at 01:00:56 PM EST
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