Pope Francis creates commission to prevent sex abuse by priests

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Pope Francis’ First MassPope Francis is creating a commission to prevent the abuse of minors and to support victims of abuse, Cardinal Sean Patrick O’Malley announced Thursday in Rome.

The new commission is expected to tell church officials to collaborate with civil authorities and report cases of abuse, O’Malley said.

But he also said that the church has focused on the judicial aspect of sexual abuse in the past — and that Pope Francis wants to focus on the pastoral side, and caring for victims
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