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French bishops pray for forgiveness, speak of ‘institutional responsibility’ for abuse (AFP)

Meeting in Lourdes, French bishops “prayed on their knees in a penitential gesture to ask God for forgiveness for sexual abuse in the Catholic Church,” the report begins.

Archbishop Éric de Moulins-Beaufort of Reims said that the Church bore “institutional responsibility” for allowing the abuse of minors to become systemic. Pope Francis had sent a message to the bishops encouraging them to support and console abuse victims.

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