The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has called on Pope Francis to ensure that survivors of clerical abuse receive justice and the truth.
Mr Varadkar who was speaking following the Pope’s arrival in Dublin today for the World Meeting of Families, said treatment of women and children by the Catholic Church in the past has left nothing but sorrow and shame.
The Taoiseach said those who were vuctims of the abuse were owed the truth and much had to be done to ensure they were given justice.
Mr Varadkar’s comments came after Pope Francis said he shared the pain of those who were abused by the church.
The Pope also said that the Irish people had the right to be outraged given the “repellent crimes” committed by the Catholic Church in the past.