Pope begs the "Lord's forgiveness" for the victims of sexual abuse in the Republic of Ireland

On the second and also the last day of the visit, Francis was at the Sanctuary of Knock.

Pope Francis "begged" today the "Lord's forgiveness" for the sexual assaults committed in Ireland by Catholic priests on the second day of his visit to the country. "I beg the Lord's forgiveness for these sins, for the scandal and betrayal felt by many in the family of God", the Pope said during his visit to the Shrine of Knock, some 180 kilometers away from Dublin.

Since 2002, over 14,500 people have been sexually abused by priests in Ireland. The hierarchy of the Irish church is accused of having hidden the crimes of hundreds of priests.

"None of us can't help feeling moved by stories of minors who have been abused, stolen from innocence, and left behind by this painful memories. This open wound challenges us to be firm and determined in the search for truth and justice", said the Pontiff quoted by AFP.

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