General view of Saint Peter's square at the Vatican on 8 April 2007.
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Vatican 'must immediately remove' child abusers - UN

The UN has said that the Vatican should "immediately remove" all clergy who are known or suspected child abusers.

The UN watchdog for children's rights denounced the Holy See for adopting policies which allowed priests to sexually abuse thousands of children.

In a report, it also criticised Vatican attitudes towards homosexuality, contraception and abortion.

The Vatican responded by saying it would examine the report, but also accused its authors of interference.

Gavin Hewitt reports.

  • 05 Feb 2014
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