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Pope Benedict meets Maltese abuse victims

Pope Benedict XVI today met eight of the victims of abuse for twenty minutes after the Papal Mass in Floriana at the chapel at the Nunicature in Rabat where he is staying. After silent prayer, the Holy Father met with the alleged victims of clerical abuse individually. The bishops of Malta and Gozo were also present. The Vatican’s Spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi said that the atmosphere was intense but serene.

The Vatican issued the following communique:

On Sunday 18 April 2010, in the Apostolic Nunciature in Malta, the Holy Father met a small
group of persons who were sexually abused by members of the clergy.

He was deeply moved by their stories and expressed his shame and sorrow over what victims
and their families have suffered. He 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.

In the spirit of his recent Letter to the Catholics of Ireland, he prayed that all the victims of
abuse would experience healing and reconciliation, enabling them to move forward with renewed

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April 18, 2010 at 1:23 pm

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