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Pope Francis Meets With Victims Of Clergy Sex Abuse, Begs For Forgiveness Published: July 7, 2014

Pope Francis met with victims of clergy sex abuse for the first time on Monday. During a small private mass at a Vatican chapel, he asked the victims for forgiveness and called the abuse a “grave sin," according to BuzzFeed.

“There is no place in the church’s ministry for those who commit these abuses, and I commit myself not to tolerate harm done to a minor by any individual, whether a cleric or not,” said Francis during the mass.

Francis’ mass was called a publicity stunt by some critics. Norbert Denef, a spokesman for a German advocacy group for clergy sex abuse survivors, called Monday’s meeting “nothing more than a PR event.”

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