for the first time since his election last year, the BBC reports.
He is expected to meet the six victims – two each from Ireland,
Britain and Germany – after they have attended a private
morning Mass in the Vatican.
The Pope has vowed to punish clergy who have abused
children, describing their actions as “satanic.” The Church has been heavily criticised for failing to tackle abuse, following a series of scandals worldwide. Some victims have also criticised Pope Francis for having failed to meet their representatives
The Pope’s predecessor, Pope Benedict, met abuse victims
several times on trips outside Italy. Pope Francis last year strengthened the Vatican’s laws against child abuse.
He has also set up a committee, whose members include a
cardinal and an abuse victim, to draw up plans to tackle
exploitation by priests.
The committee is expected to announce on Monday that it will
expand to include more members from the developing world.
source: naijagospel & nation