VATICAN CITY (Worthy News)– Pope Francis met and prayed with former victims of pedophile priests and begged for their forgiveness for past abuses as well as for "sin of omission of past church leaders who did not respond adequately."
The Vatican did not release the names of the victims, and none attended Lombardi's briefing to the media. However, the Vatican said Francis expressed "sorrow" for the "sins and grave crimes" of the clerical abuse against them.
"I beg your forgiveness, too, for the sins of omission on the part of church leaders who did not respond adequately" to reports of sex abuse, the pope said. — Source