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    Pope sorry for clergy's 'evil' acts - 19 Jul 08

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    Al Jazeera English

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    Pope Benedict XVI has apologised for the sexual abuses committed by Roman Catholic clergy in Australia.

    During a mass in Sydney on Saturday, the pope described the acts as "evil", a grave betrayal of trust and as bringing great shame on the Catholic church.

    Victims say the issue has been covered up and apologies do not go far enough.

    The pope is in Sydney for World Youth Day, a global celebration meant to inspire a new generation of Catholics.

    However, his 10-day visit, which ends on Monday, has been overshadowed by the issue of child sex abuse.