Pope Meets Sex-Abuse Victims

    ERFURT, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 23:  Pope Benedict XVI leads an evening vigil at Etzelsbach chapel on September 23, 2011 in Steinbach, Germany. The Pope is at Etzelsbach on the second of a four-day visit to Germany.  (Photo by Carsten Koall/Getty Images)

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    Pope Benedict XVI did his part to repent for the sins of the Roman Catholic Church on Friday, meeting with five victims of sex abuse by priests during a four-day state visit in his native Germany. The country’s Catholic Church has suffered a tremendous loss in its congregation ever since hundreds of people admitted to having been physically or sexually abused by members of the clergy. Victims have accused Benedict of covering up pedophilia in the Church, as both an archbishop in Germany and head of the Vatican's morals office. The Vatican issued a statement after Friday’s meetings saying the pope was “moved and deeply shaken” and hopes that God “may heal the wounds of the victims and grant them inner peace.”

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