Pope to meet sexual abuse victims during Ireland trip, Vatican says

25 Août, 2018, 04:22 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
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Pope Francis will meet privately with victims of clerical sexual abuse during his visit to Ireland this weekend, the Vatican said on Tuesday.

The main objective of the trip to Ireland is to close a week-long global Catholic gathering on the theme of the family that takes place every three years in a different city.

Spokesman Greg Burke told reporters at a briefing on the August 25-26 trip the details of the meeting would not be announced until after it was over and it would be up to the victims if they wanted to speak afterwards.

"I acknowledge that Pope Francis will meet with victims and survivors of abuse and hears their stories at first hand and that is an important step but it must also be followed up with action".

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Following nearly two months of limited audiences and appointments for the summer break, "the pope is well-rested and ready, and wants to talk about the family", Burke said.

"This Papal visit is an opportunity for Pope Francis and the church hierarchy in Ireland to commit to a full inquiry into a redress for the shameful abuses suffered by so many at the hands of the church and I hope that opportunity will not be lost".

Along the road to St. Mary's, the pope will stop to venerate a relic of Venerable Matt Talbot, a simple Irish laborer who died in Dublin in 1925.

"The reception will be attended by An Taoiseach, ministers, representatives of civic society and the diplomatic corps".

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