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Vatican names former victim on child abuse commission

Published on Mar 23, 2014 12:38 AM

VATICAN CITY (AFP) - A former victim of sexual abuse by priests will sit on a new commission created to root out paedophilia in the Catholic Church, the Vatican said on Saturday.

Pope Francis in a statement revealed the first eight names of officials who will sit on the commission, which was first announced on December 5 last year.

Among them is Marie Collins, an Irish abuse survivor who has been an outspoken campaigner for the rights of victims.

Other experts include the Archbishop of Boston, Sean Patrick O'Malley, who has been a vocal spokesman for US victims, as well as psychiatrists Catherine Bonnet, from France, and Sheila Hollins, from Britain.

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