Pope in 'Prayerful Solidarity' with U.S. Church over Sex Abuse Crisis

Catholic News Service
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VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Greeting some 380 U.S. bishops, priests and seminarians, Pope John Paul II said he was in "prayerful solidarity" with U.S. Catholics as they struggle to deal with the scandal of the clerical sex abuse crisis. The pope met at the Vatican Jan. 10 with more than 200 alumni of the North American College, the U.S. seminary in Rome, and with staff members as well as priests and seminarians currently studying at the college. "At a time of difficulty and suffering for Catholics in the United States, I assure all of you of my prayerful solidarity," the pope said. Every four years, the alumni hold their annual meeting and reunion in Rome, where they studied before their ordination to the priesthood.


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