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Pope says 'no privileges' for bishops on abuse

Published on May 27, 2014 6:39 AM
Pope Francis talks to reporters aboard the papal flight on his way back to the Vatican from Jerusalem  on May 26, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

(AFP) - Pope Francis on Monday warned there were "no privileges" for bishops when it came to child sex crimes and said he would hold a special mass with victims next week in the Vatican.

"Three bishops are being investigated," Francis told reporters on his return flight from the Middle East when asked about the thousands of scandals that have rocked the Catholic Church.

"One of them has already been convicted. There are no privileges. Priests who do this are betraying the Lord," said the Argentine pontiff, who has set up a new committee to root out abuse.

Francis also said he would be celebrating a mass next week at his Vatican residence, St Martha's, with "six or eight victims" and would then meet with them privately to talk about their ordeal.

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