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Catholic Church will stop covering up crimes of paedophile priests, Pope says



Pope Francis has pledged that the Catholic Church will stop covering up crimes of paedophile priests.

Pope Francis made the pledge in a speech marking the end of the Vatican’s anti-child abuse conference.

“No abuse must ever be covered up, as was usual in the past, or overlooked, as covering up abuses favours the spread of evil and adds a further layer of scandal,” the pope said on Sunday in a closing speech to the four-day conference.

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He called on for an “all-out battle” against the sexual abuse of minors by clergy, a crime which he called abominable and that should be “erased from the face of the earth”.

The Catholic church has been hit with several scandals of sex abuse of minors by priests around the world, with recent cases affecting Australia, Chile, Germany and the United States.

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