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Church of England apologises for child abuse

The Church of England has formally apologised for past child abuse by Anglican priests and its own "serious failure" to prevent it.

The ruling General Synod, meeting in York, endorsed a report apologising for abuse in the Chichester Diocese.

Members also unanimously backed an earlier apology issued by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York.

Religious affairs correspondent Robert Pigott reports.

  • 07 Jul 2013
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