Pope Francis Holds First Meeting with Clergy Sex Abuse Victims

pope-sm-HEADAt the Vatican, Pope Francis held his first meeting with victims of clergy sex abuse on July 7. He celebrated a private mass with six survivors and personally met with each of them behind closed doors. Francis begged them for forgiveness and said there was no place in church ministry for those who commit abuse. Advocates for sex abuse victims said the meeting was a first step, but urged concrete measures to discipline bishops who covered up sex abuse.