Posted: Jul 7, 2014 6:20 AM
Updated: Jul 7, 2014 6:20 AM
VATICAN CITY (AP) Pope Francis has begged forgiveness from the victims of clergy sex abuse in his first meeting with several abuse survivors.
The Vatican quoted Francis as expressing "sorrow" in his homily at a private Mass with six victims Monday for the "sins and grave crimes" of clerical sex abuse against them.
Added the pope: "I beg your forgiveness, too, for the sins of omission on the part of Church leaders who did not respond adequately" to sex abuse reports.