Watch CBS News

Pope Francis Expresses 'Pain And Shame' Over Catholic Church Sexual Abuse Scandal

Follow CBSPHILLY Facebook Twitter

DUBLIN (CBS) – In a speech Saturday, Pope Francis expressed "pain and shame" over the sexual abuse of children by catholic priests.

The Pope also met with eight victims of abuse in Dublin, Ireland.

Pressure on the Vatican has been rising since the release of a Pennsylvania report documenting charges that more than 300 priests abused more than 1,000 victims.

Baby Kissed By Pope Defies Odds By Beating Brain Tumor As Her Foundation Donates $50,000 To CHOP

The Pope delivered his first speech in Ireland Saturday, one of the countries hit hardest by the scandal.

Pope Francis is set to celebrate mass on the same site Sunday morning.

View CBS News In
CBS News App Open
Chrome Safari Continue
Be the first to know
Get browser notifications for breaking news, live events, and exclusive reporting.