After Pope’s sexual abuse apology, critics clamor for reform

States must suspend civil statute-of-limitation laws to help victims of Roman Catholic Church sexual abuse, a leading advocacy group said Sunday, hours after Pope Francis met with survivors of clerical sexual abuse on the last day of his U.S. trip.

As crowds gathered early Sunday morning for a huge Mass in Center City Philadelphia during the afternoon, Pope Francis met at a seminary just outside the city for 40 minutes with individuals had been sexually abused when they were minors: The pontiff met with three women and two men who were not named, but were said to be from the area.

Prior to Sunday’s meeting, the Vatican faced mounting questions about whether or not Francis would meet with abuse victims during this trip. The meeting came at the tail end of the pope's first visit to the United States, which started Sept. 23. After the afternoon Mass, Francis met with Vice President Joe Biden and other officials before departing for Rome in the evening.

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