Pope Admits Church Abuse ‘Shame And Pain’ On Ireland Visit

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Pope Francis said he shared in the “shame and pain” of the Catholic Church’s “failure” to deal with years of sexual abuse scandals as he began a historic two-day visit to Ireland on Saturday.

“The failure of ecclesiastical authorities… to address these repellent crimes has rightly given rise to outrage and remains a source of pain and shame for the Catholic community. I myself share those sentiments,” he said, standing next to Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar.

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