Pope Francis will meet victims of clergy sexual abuse during his visit to Ireland this weekend, the Vatican said on Tuesday.
Spokesman Greg Burke told reporters at a briefing on the August 25, 26 trip that the meeting will not be announced until after it is over and that it will be up to the victims if they want to speak afterwards.
On Friday, The Vatican, in its first response to a damning report by a US grand jury on sexual abuse of children by priests in Pennsylvania, on Thursday expressed “shame and sorrow”.
The grand jury on Tuesday released the findings of the largest-ever investigation of sex abuse in the US Catholic Church, finding that 301 priests in the state had sexually abused minors over the past 70 years. Read more