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Pope Wants Action Against Sex Abuse

Pope Francis wants the Catholic Church to "act decisively'' to root out sexual abuse of children by priests and ensure that the perpetrators undergo due process, the Vatican said on Friday.

Officials said that Francis, in a meeting with Holy See doctrinal chief Archbishop Gerhard Muller, had declared that combating sexual abuse was important "for the Church and its credibility''.

Francis inherited a Church mired in problems and a major scandal over priestly abuse of children.