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10 Spanish priests removed in abuse inquiry; Pope calls to apologize to victim

November 19, 2014

Ten priests have been removed from ministry in the Archdiocese of Granada, Spain, after a sex-abuse investigation. And Pope Francis has placed a personal phone call to the man whose complaint to the Vatican prompted the investigation.

The young man—who has been identified only as “Daniel”—said that Pope Francis called him in response to an emotional 5-page letter he had written, describing the abuse he had suffered. He reported that the Pontiff said he felt “immense pain” as he read the letter, and asked the young man’s forgiveness.

The Granada archdiocese said that ten priests had been suspended after a preliminary inquiry produced enough evidence to suggest that the charges against them could be true. A few lay people are also implicated in the accusations, the archdiocese revealed.


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