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Polish Catholic Church says 382 minors abused by priests in past 18 years
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Mar 14, 2019 11:17 AM 1+ week ago

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Poland's Catholic Church leaders revealed Thursday they have recorded cases of 382 priests abusing minors since 1990.

The figure includes 198 priests who abused minors under 15 years old and 184 priests who abused others, aged between 15 and 18, according to Wojciech Sadlon, the head of the church's Institute of Statistics.

Archbishop Wojciech Polak, the primate of Poland, expressed "pain, shame and the sense of guilt that such situations happened."

The figures were released following a three-day session of Poland's Episcopate in Warsaw that discussed abuse and ways of protecting children.

The release came just weeks after Pope Francis convened church leaders from around the world to the Vatican, where they discussed the issue of sex abuse of minors by the clergy.

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