12 Jul 2008

Sex abuse victims want apology from Pope

5:16 pm on 12 July 2008

Supporters and victims of sexual abuse by clergy will hold a vigil in Melbourne on Saturday calling on Pope Benedict XVI to make an apology.

Broken Rites Australia will conduct the vigil outside St Patrick's Cathedral on the eve of Pope Benedict XVI's arrival in Sydney for World Youth Day.

The vigil will start with a short silence to remember victims who have lost their lives.

The group is asking the Pope to make a meaningful apology, and for effective action by the Australian bishops that would include not impeding victims' access to justice in the courts.