Vatican to Decide on Pope's Visit to Abuse Victims

The Punch
September 1, 2010

The Vatican will decide whether Pope Benedict XVI meets with victims of child abuse during his upcoming visit to Britain, organisers said on Tuesday, adding that any talks would be strictly private.

"That's a decision for the Holy See," Archbishop of Westminster Vincent Nichols, the head of the Roman Catholic church in England and Wales, told reporters ahead of the papal visit to Scotland and England on September 16-19, Agence France Presse reports.

"If it happens it will not be announced beforehand and it will be in private, which is absolutely proper to protect those who will attend who are very vulnerable."

There has been speculation that the pope will use his visit to meet with victims of clerical abuse, just as he did in Australia and the United States in 2008, and most recently in Malta in April this year.

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