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Survivors hopeful for an end to culture of abuse after meeting the pope

VATICAN CITY (CNS): After private meetings with Pope Francis, three survivors of clergy sexual abuse from Chile, Juan Carlos Cruz, James Hamilton and Jose Andres Murillo, said they felt they had been heard and were hopeful for changes in the way the Catholic Church handles accusations of abuse.
 

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Listening must lead to action abuse survivors say

VATICAN  (CNS): Pope Francis’ planned meeting with abuse survivors from Chile could mark a turning point in how the Catholic Church deals not just with prevention, but especially with how it responds to accusations.
 
The pope has said he wanted the meetings with three survivors, from April 27 to 29 individually and on April 30 as a group, to be his chance to ask for forgiveness and express his pain and shame for what they have suffered.
 








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Pope laments the painful evil of sexual abuse

SANTIAGO (CNS): The evil of sexual abuse committed by members of the clergy has betrayed the trust of the faithful and caused suffering to those in priesthood and religious life who bear the consequences of their brethren’s sins, Pope Francis said on January 16.
 

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Tread carefully around #me too

HONG KONG (UCAN): As the #me too campaign sweeps the globe, Hong Kong celebrities who have to date disclosed stories about sexual abuse they have been subjected to have been both criticised and praised.
 
Hurdling champion, Vera Lui Lai-yiu, revealed on her Facebook page that she was sexually abused by her coach when she was a teenager, saying said she made the revelation on her 23rd birthday in an attempt to graduate from being a victim to becoming a survivor.
 

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