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Pope Francis sets up committee to fight child sex abuse

By Himanshu Kapoor | Last Updated: Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 23:33

Zee Media Bureau/Himanshu Kapoor

Vatican City: Pope Francis has set up a committee prevent child sex abuse in Catholic churches and help the victims. The committee was set up after a meeting between the Pope and his eight cardinal advisers.

Archbishop of Boston Sean O`Malley, who was one of the eight members of the council, said that the composition of the newly form committee for protection of children will be announced in near future.

Earlier, the United Nations had requested for information on alleged abuse by priests, nuns or monks to which the Vatican refused.
O`Malley said that the committee could come up with guidelines for Church officials in individual countries on how to deal with misconduct.
Pope Francis said that it is important to deal with the issue of child sex abuse as it`s vital for the Church`s credibility.

There has been a raft of allegations of child sex abuse by priests around the world in Catholic Churches.

Earlier this year, the Pope has toughened the laws on child sex abuse.

First Published: Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 21:26

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