Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

AFRICA NEWS

Virunga Park chief shot

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Algerian election: Bouteflika votes in wheelchair

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Algeria's media: a mixture of censorship and free speech

Read more

DEBATE

Algeria: What's the Choice? Incumbent Bouteflika Votes in Wheelchair

Read more

WEB NEWS

Nigerian web users call for end to violence

Read more

FOCUS

Bitcoin in the US: A monetary revolution?

Read more

ENCORE!

Fast cars and slow trains

Read more

WEB NEWS

Chile: online mobilization to help Valparaiso fire victims

Read more

FACE-OFF

François Hollande: France's most unpopular president

Read more

  • Nobel-winning Colombian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez dies at 87

    Read more

  • Low turnout in Algerian election tipped to return Bouteflika

    Read more

  • With a strong French presence, veterans and fresh faces, Cannes aims to please

    Read more

  • Astronomers discover Earth-like planet that could support life

    Read more

  • Hundreds still trapped in sunken South Korea ferry

    Read more

  • Russia and West agree on steps to ease Ukraine crisis

    Read more

  • Deadly attack on civilians sheltering in UN base in South Sudan

    Read more

  • Eurostar train delay "chaos"

    Read more

  • Chelsea Clinton announces she's pregnant

    Read more

  • French troops free five aid workers kidnapped in Mali by Islamists

    Read more

  • In pictures: Iranian woman pardons son’s killer at the gallows

    Read more

  • After cup defeat, Spanish pundits read last rites for Barcelona

    Read more

  • India heads to polls in single largest day of voting

    Read more

  • Ukraine talks open in Geneva as Putin talks tough on TV

    Read more

  • Pro-Russian separatists killed in attack on Black Sea base

    Read more

  • Man executed in Texas for 2002 triple murder

    Read more

  • Scandal-hit French doctor Jacques Servier dies at 92

    Read more

  • Belgian head of wildlife reserve shot in DR Congo

    Read more

  • Crunch talks on Ukraine begin in Geneva

    Read more

  • Stagehand of God? Maradona's legendary goal inspires a play

    Read more

  • US rolls out red carpet for French critic of capitalism

    Read more

  • N. Korea not amused by London hair salon's Kim Jong-un ad

    Read more

  • Real Madrid beat old foes Barcelona to lift Copa del Rey

    Read more

  • France's new PM targets welfare in drive to cut spending

    Read more

  • Campaigning against Bouteflika's re-election... in France

    Read more

Europe

Sex abuse brings 'shame' to Catholic Church, pope says

©

Video by Philip CROWTHER

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2010-09-18

In some of his clearest remarks yet on a spate of charges that children have been sexually abused by members of the clergy, the pope said Saturday on a state visit to Britain that such cases brought "shame and humiliation" on the Catholic Church.

AFP - Pope Benedict XVI expressed his "deep sorrow" Saturday for the "immense suffering" of children sexually abused by Catholic priests and nuns, on the third day of his historic state visit to Britain.
   
The pontiff said the "unspeakable crimes" had brought "shame and humiliation" on the church, in one of his clearest public statements yet on the scandal which has sent shockwaves through Catholicism.
   

Meanwhile, British police continued to question six men detained by counter-terrorism officers on suspicion of plotting an attack linked to the pope's visit. But the Vatican said it had "never attributed much importance to these arrests."
   
Benedict spoke out on abuse during mass at Westminster Cathedral in London.
   
"I think of the immense suffering caused by the abuse of children, especially within the Church and by her ministers," he said in a homily.
   
"Above all, I express my deep sorrow to the innocent victims of these unspeakable crimes, along with my hope that the power of Christ's grace, his sacrifice of reconciliation, will bring deep healing and peace to their lives."
   
He added: "I also acknowledge, with you, the shame and humiliation which all of us have suffered because of these sins."
   
The pope said he hoped "this chastisement will contribute to the healing of the victims" and "the purification of the Church".
   
According to Vatican experts, the pope is expected to meet a group of 10 abuse victims in London on Saturday ahead of a giant open-air prayer vigil later. He has previously met with victims while on visits to Malta, the United States and Australia.
   
A coalition including victims of abuse by Catholic priests, atheists, abortion rights activists, demonstrators calling for women priests and those angry at the cost of the pontiff's visit, were to stage a demonstration in London.
   
Organisers said they expected around 2,000 people to take part in the "Protest the Pope" event, gathering near Hyde Park and then marching through central London for a rally outside the prime minister's Downing Street office.
   
It will be the first serious demonstration against the pope on his four-day trip -- the first ever papal state visit to Britain, by royal invitation -- with only minor protests witnessed so far.
   
Police were still quizzing six street cleaners, aged 26 to 50, employed to clean the Westminster district of London, where the pope spent much of Friday and Saturday. Reports said the men are Algerian.
   
Detectives were searching private and business premises around London but no dangerous materials were found in initial searches.
   
The pope is "very calm" and "no one felt threatened" by the situation, Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said, adding the Vatican never believed the arrests carried "much importance".
   
"The pope and his aides have no concerns about security. We have complete confidence in the local police," he added.
   
Security remained tight on Saturday, with police closing key roads in the capital along the route the popemobile will take, although police said the arrests had not changed their existing plans for the visit.
   
The 83-year-old head of the Roman Catholic Church started the third day of his state visit by meeting British Prime Minister David Cameron.
   
Benedict fulfilled his complete itinerary Friday despite the security alert, meeting Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, the head of the Church of England, at Westminster Abbey in a highly symbolic show of unity between the two churches.
   

He also gave a speech at the Houses of Parliament to an audience including four former British prime ministers, warning about the "marginalisation of religion" in largely secular Britain, and beyond.
   
Benedict is only the second pope -- after John Paul II -- to visit predominantly Anglican Britain since king Henry VIII split with the Roman Catholic Church in 1534 over its refusal to annul his marriage.

 

Date created : 2010-09-18

  • UK

    Suspected Pope attackers arrested in London

    Read more

  • VATICAN

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

    Read more

Comments

COMMENT(S)