|Pope Might Meet Abuse Victims during Britain Visit
September 5, 2010
London - Pope Benedict XVI might meet with victims of sexual abuse at the hands of Catholic priests during his four-day visit to Britain later this month, a Catholic official told the BBC on Sunday.
No meeting had originally been planned for the pope's September 16-19 visit.
"You know the pattern of his last five or six visits has been that he has met victims of abuse," Westminster Archbishop Vincent Nichols said while speaking on the Andrew Marr show.
But Nichols noted that these meetings tend to be held in private.
The Vatican has been concerned that Benedict's visit and message might get overshadowed by protests about church child abuse and its cover-up in Britain and Ireland.
Britons have also been incensed in recent weeks over the fact that taxpayers will have to pay up to 12 million pounds (18.5 million dollars) of the visit's 20-million-pound cost, because the pope is coming as a guest of Queen Elizabeth II.
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