Pope Francis holds his first meeting with clergy sex abuse survivors

Pope Francis met for the first time Monday with people sexually abused by priests, saying Mass with six survivors and then meeting privately with each for half an hour.

In the Mass, Francis spoke of the particular pain suffered by people abused by clergy: How the abuse can lead people into difficulty with relationships and sometimes addiction and even suicide. Priests who abuse children are like members “of a sacrilegious cult,” he said.

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