Pope sorry for clerical sex abuse
POPE Francis has begged forgiveness from the victims of clerical sex abuse in his first meeting with abuse survivors, including an Irishman and woman, yesterday.
The Vatican said Pope Francis expressed "sorrow" in his homily at a private Mass with six victims for the "sins and grave crimes" of clerical sex abuse against them.
The Pope added: "I beg your forgiveness, too, for the sins of omission on the part of Church leaders who did not respond adequately".
Earlier, Vatican spokesman the Reverend Federico Lombardi said two Irish, two British and two German victims met separately for about 30 minutes with Pope Francis in the guest house inside the Vatican where the Pontiff lives.
Each of them were allowed to have a relative or other person accompany them, as well as someone to translate.
The three men and three women had been sexually abused when they were children by clergy.
At the Mass, Pope Francis said the Church should "weep and make reparation" for crimes he said had taken on the dimensions of a sacrilegious cult.
"For some time now I have felt in my heart deep pain and