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Pope Francis appoints former abuse victim to group on sex abuse

By Kyle Johnson,

Pope Francis appointed a former sexual abuse victim to a Vatican group that aims to protect children from the very same thing at the hands of priests.

Marie Collins joins a group that currently consists of eight members, reports The Irish Times. The group is split between four male and four female members, all from different countries.

The Vatican commission has been tasked with "safeguarding minors." Spokesman Rev. Federico Lombardi released a statement saying, "Pope Francis has made clear that the Church must hold the protection of minors amongst Her highest priorities."

Some of the responsibilities the group will take include education against exploiting children, finding a better method to screen priests and proceeding with criminal action against those found guilty of abusing kids.

Collins was abused back in Ireland in the 1960s and has worked to find ways to best protect children and seeks to make sure those who have been accused of sexual abuse are held accountable.

Joining Collins on the commission is Cardinal Sean Patrick O'Malley, the archbishop of Boston, who created a database that lists those accused of pedophilia.

The move comes just a day after the Pope attended a prayer vigil for victims of the mafia in Italy. After the recitation of 842 names, Pope Francis condemned mobsters, saying they must change their ways or face going to Hell.

image courtesy of Tânia Rêgo/ABr (Agência Brasil) [CC-BY-3.0-br (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/br/deed.en)], via Wikimedia Commons

 
 

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