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Pope Benedict shares Irish 'child abuse outrage'

The Pope shares the "outrage, betrayal and shame" felt by Irish people over a report that said clerical child abuse was covered up, the Vatican has said.

In a statement, issued after Pope Benedict XVI met Irish Church leaders on Friday, the pope was said to be "disturbed and distressed".

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