Update: Pope Encourages Healing From Sex Abuse Scandal

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

New York (AP) Pope Benedict is using another stop on his U.S. trip to focus on the clergy sex abuse scandal.

Speaking this morning before thousands at New York’s St. Patrick's Cathedral, Benedict assured priests and nuns that he was close to them as they battle what he calls the “continuing challenges that this situation presents.”

Benedict also encouraged them to cooperate with bishops, who he says are working to resolve the crisis.

Benedict touched on the theme of his trip, Christian hope, by saying he wanted to communicate the joy born of faith to a cynical world.

But since the start of his trip Tuesday, Benedict has concentrated on the clergy sex abuse scandal.

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