Newly elected Pope Francis I appears on the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica on March 13 in Vatican City, Vatican. Argentinian Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected as the 266th Pontiff and will lead the world's 1.2 billion …
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VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis has indicated that he will act against sex abuse cases in the Roman Catholic Church.
The Vatican said in a statement Friday that the pope has urged the Congregation of the Doctrine of Faith to `'act with determination with regard to cases of sexual abuse." The statement cited measures promoted by Benedict XVI to protect minors, helping victims of sexual violence and taking necessary action against perpetrators.
U.S. victims of clergy abuse have demanded swift and bold actions from the new Jesuit pontiff.
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