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Pope Francis asks forgiveness for child abuse by clergy

11 April 2014 Last updated at 19:50 BST

Pope Francis has asked for forgiveness for the "evil" damage to children caused by sexual abusers in the clergy.

In quotes carried by Vatican Radio, he described the abuse as a "moral damage carried out by men of the Church", and said "sanctions" would be imposed.

It is being described as his strongest statement on the issue so far.

Alan Johnston reports from Rome.

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