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Pope meets three of victims of Chilean paedophile priest

Jose Andres Murillo said he told Francis in his audience late Friday how important it was to understand that sexual abuse was 'abuse of power', and 'the need to take responsibility… not just forgiveness'

City: Three victims of a Chilean paedophile priest have held private meetings with Pope Francis, as the tries to quell a sex abuse scandal that has rocked the Roman Catholic Church in Chile.

The men, all victims of the paedophile priest Fernando Karadima, were in City at the personal invitation of the pope, who in April admitted “grave mistakes” in his handling of the abuse controversy in Chile.

Juan Carlos Cruz said his meeting with yesterday, which lasted more than two hours, was wide-ranging and gave him “more hope for our Church, even though the task is enormous”.

“I am moved, he listened to me with great respect, affection and closeness, like a father,” Cruz said on Twitter.

The had said last week that Francis would seek to “ask for their forgiveness, their hurt and the shame they have suffered”.

Jose Andres Murillo said he told Francis in his audience late Friday how important it was to understand that sexual abuse was “abuse of power”, and “the need to take responsibility… not just forgiveness”.

The pope has faced flak in Chile over the handling of an alleged cover-up by Bishop Juan Barros of abuse by Karadima during the 1980s and 1990s.

In January, the pontiff had strongly defended Barros, who appeared at public masses celebrated by the pope in three different Chilean cities, causing a public outcry. However, he later apologised to the victims and dispatched Archbishop Charles Scicluna, a renowned investigator, to Chile to collect evidence.

Local Catholic groups in Barros’s diocese have since demanded that Francis remove the bishop for his ties to Karadima, who the in 2011 found guilty of abusing children in the 1980s and 1990s and ordered to retire to a of penitence.

The third victim James Hamilton said his meeting with Francis was “sincere, warm and very constructive” They are expected to hold a joint press conference on Wednesday.

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