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Turn yourselves in: Pope Francis to priestly sex abusers

Francis acknowledged that the church in the past had failed to treat the problem seriously, but vowed that going forward, it would never cover up or dismiss cases again.

Published: 21st December 2018 04:21 PM  |   Last Updated: 21st December 2018 04:21 PM   |  A+A-

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Catholic Church supremo Pope Francis (File Photo | AP)

By Associated Press

VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis is vowing that the Catholic Church will "never again" cover up clergy sex abuse and is demanding that priests who have raped and molested children turn themselves in.

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Francis on Friday dedicated his annual Christmas speech to the Vatican bureaucracy to abuse, evidence that a year of devastating revelations has shaken his papacy and caused a crisis of confidence in the Catholic hierarchy.

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Francis acknowledged that the church in the past had failed to treat the problem seriously, but vowed that going forward, it would never cover up or dismiss cases again and would "spare no effort" to find justice for pedophiles.

READ | Pope Francis says Church can no longer tolerate silence on sexual abuse 

He urged victims to come forward and issued a stark warning to abusers: "Convert and hand yourself over to human justice, and prepare for divine justice."

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  • Mohammad danish usmani

    Dear sir pope Francis, can you done something like the people will knew truth....(the reason is i will want to know the truth)
    1 year ago reply
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