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Pope widens criminal punishment for child abuse in Vatican

Published on Jul 11, 2013 6:40 PM

VATICAN CITY (AFP) - Pope Francis on Thursday bolstered criminal legislation against child abuse in the Vatican in an overhaul of laws that apply to the clergymen and lay people who work in the tiny city state.

The Vatican said in a statement that the pope's decree included "a broader definition of the category of crimes against minors" including child prostitution, sexual acts with children and child pornography.