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Pope Francis to Meet With Sex Abuse Victims at Vatican

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In this image made from video provided by CTV, Pope Francis celebrates his inaugural Mass with cardinals inside the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican, March 14, 2013.

In this image made from video provided by CTV, Pope Francis celebrates his inaugural Mass with cardinals inside the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican, March 14, 2013.

Pope Francis has announced that he will meet with sex abuse victims next month at the Vatican, saying he has "zero tolerance" for those responsible for such crimes.

Speaking to reporters on his way back from the Middle East on Monday, Francis said three bishops are being investigated for abuse-related reasons. He gave no details, but said there will be no privileges for church officials facing charges.

Francis said a priest who abuses a child betrays the body of God, calling it a "satanic Mass."

This will be Francis' first meeting as pope with victims of sex abuse. The scandal and cover-up is still shaking the Catholic Church more than a decade after many of the victims started going public.
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