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In Portugal, Pope Meets With Clerical Abuse Survivors, Urges Church to Hear Victims’ ‘Anguished Cry’

Daniel IbáñezPrior to a private meeting with survivors later in the day, Pope Francis addressed the clergy sex-abuse scandal in his address during a vespers service in Lisbon, Portugal, on Aug. 2.

The emotional private meeting at Lisbon’s apostolic nunciature was a moment of ‘intense listening’ by the Pope and lasted more than an hour, according to the Vatican.