Fevereiro 2020
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Recalling a recent meeting with victims of sex abuse by clergy, Pope Benedict XVI reiterated his promise that the church was doing everything it could to end abuse.

 During his April 17-18 trip to Malta, "I wanted to meet with some people -- victims of abuse by some members of clergy," the pope told about 15,000 people gathered in St. Peter's Square for his general audience April 21.

The pope privately met April 18 with eight men who had been abused as minors by priests. "I shared in their suffering and, with emotion, I prayed with them, assuring action on behalf of the church," he said at the general audience.

According to a Vatican statement released immediately after the pope's 20-minute meeting with victims at the apostolic nunciature in Rabat, Malta, the pope was "deeply moved by their stories and expressed his shame and sorrow over what victims and their families have suffered."

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