Pope meets clerical abuse victims in London
Pope Benedict XVI met victims of abuse by Catholic priests on Saturday during his state visit to Britain, the Vatican said.
"The Holy Father met a group of persons who had been sexually abused by members of the clergy," a statement said, adding the meeting had taken place in the Vatican's embassy in London.
"He was moved by what they had to say and expressed his deep sorrow over what victims and their families had suffered.
"He prayed with them and assured them that the Catholic Church is continuing to implement effective measures designed to safeguard young people, and that it is doing all in its power to investigate allegations, to collaborate with civil authorities and to bring to justice clergy and religious accused of these egregious crimes.
"As he has done on other occasions, he prayed that all the victims of abuse might experience healing and reconciliation, and be able to overcome their past and present distress with serenity and hope for the future.
"Following this meeting, the Holy Father will address a group of professionals and volunteers dedicated to the safeguarding of children and young people in church environments."
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