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Pope 'visibly upset' by report

Pope Benedict
The Pope was said to be 'visibly upset'

Pope Benedict was "visibly upset" when he heard details of the Ryan report on abuse in institutions run by religious orders in Ireland.

Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, who met the Pope along with Catholic Primate Seán Brady at the Vatican on Friday revealed details of the pontiff's reaction on Monday

The pair briefed Irish bishops about the meeting.

Over 2,000 people told the Ryan Commission they were abused.

It happened in a network of reformatories, industrial schools and workhouses up to the 1980s.

Cardinal Brady said the Pope had "listened very carefully, very attentively, very sympathetically to what we had to say and he said in reply that this was a time for deep examination of life here in Ireland in the Church".

He said the Pope urged him and Archbishop Martin to establish the truth of what happened and also put in place measures that will prevent such abuses happening again.

Archbishop Martin said: "The Pope wrote his first encyclical about the love of God.

"He was very visibly upset, I would say, to hear of some of the things that are told in the Ryan report, how the children had suffered from the very opposite of an expression of the love of God."

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