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Benedict XVI defrocked nearly 400 priests over abuse

18 January 2014 Last updated at 05:29 GMT

Close to 400 priests were defrocked in only two years by the former Pope Benedict XVI over claims of child abuse, the Vatican has confirmed.

The statistics for 2011 and 2012 show a dramatic increase compared to previous years, according to a document obtained by the Associated Press (AP).

David Willey reports.