Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

EYE ON AFRICA

Court ruling expected on Gabon's contested election results

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Clinton's Comedy Turn

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Sarkozy's Populist Pivot, Bahamas Leaks, Syria Truce, Rome Olympic Bid (Part 2)

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

US Police Shootings: Race relations and the race to the White House (Part 1)

Read more

#TECH 24

Breaking the wall between technology and people

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

Rural France: Challenges and opportunities

Read more

REPORTERS

Video: In Burma, ex-political prisoners struggle to return to normal life

Read more

ENCORE!

Xavier Dolan: Wunderkind of Québecquois cinema

Read more

FOCUS

The battle for UK Labour’s leadership

Read more

Europe

Pope meets victims of church sex-abuse scandal

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2010-04-19

The pope met with a "small group" of victims of sex abuse by priests Sunday during a brief visit to Malta. The trip came amid a wave of paedophile charges against the church and criticism that the Vatican has helped to protect predator priests.

AFP - Pope Benedict XVI held an impromptu meeting Sunday with a "small group" of victims of sex abuse by priests during a brief visit to Malta, the Vatican said.

The pontiff "was deeply moved by their stories and expressed his shame and sorrow over what victims and their families have suffered," the Vatican said in a statement.

Pope Benedict "prayed with them and assured them that the church is doing, and will continue to do, all in its power to investigate allegations, to bring to justice those responsible for abuse and to implement effective measures designed to safeguard young people in the future," it said. 

The 83-year-old pope arrived in Malta on Saturday for a 26-hour visit, on his first foreign trip since a wave of priest sex abuse scandals swept across Europe and the Americas in recent months.

He has come under increasing pressure in recent weeks over allegations that the Vatican hierarchy, himself included, helped protect predator priests.

After the Maltese victims requested the meeting with the pope last week, Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said the pontiff would not bow to "media pressure" for such a meeting, but did not rule it out.

Date created : 2010-04-18

  • MALTA

    Pope makes first foreign trip since child sex abuse scandals

    Read more

  • VATICAN

    In new cover-up claim, letters show Pope hesitated to defrock abusive priest

    Read more

  • CATHOLIC CHURCH

    Pope steers clear of abuse scandal in Easter message

    Read more

COMMENT(S)