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Vatican to set up clergy sexual abuse help centre

The Vatican is to set up a new e-learning centre to help safeguard children and victims of sexual abuse by clergy, as part of its efforts to deal with damaging scandals, the BBC reports. The Roman Catholic Church is preparing for a major conference on abuse to take place next February in Rome. The Vatican has told bishops to come up with guidelines to combat abuse, in line with local laws. The Catho­lic Church has been rocked by scandals of sexual abuse by priests. Last month, Pope Bene­dict XVI told bishops around the world they must report promptly all suspected cases of sexual abuse of minors by Catholic priests to local police.

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