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Monday, 19 November, 2001, 12:14 GMT
National abuse unit for Church
High-profile abuse cases have damaged the Church
The Catholic Church is setting up a national child protection unit in response to sex abuse scandals involving priests and young boys.

The unit will be based in Birmingham and will implement the 83 recommendations made by Lord Nolan in his report, "A Programme For Action" aimed at tackling paedophile activity.

The Archbishop of Birmingham, the Most Reverend Vincent Nichols is to chair the new organisation which was approved at the Catholic Bishops Conference in London.

The image of the Catholic Church has been damaged in recent years by sex abuse scandals.