Belgium Catholic Church to compensate sex abuse victims

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Belgium's Roman Catholic Church vowed Monday to compensate the victims of paedophile priests in the wake of a child abuse scandal that has rocked the church.

"Recognising their moral responsibility and the expectations of society, the bishops and religious leaders pledge to ensure recognition of the victims and adopt measures to heal their suffering," the church said in a statement.

"They are determined to bring dignity back to the victims and provide financial compensation according to their needs," it said.

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