Pope tells bishops to fight abuse, culture behind it

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis told newly ordained bishops Saturday that they must reject all forms of abuse and work in communion to fight the clerical culture that has fueled the sex abuse and cover-up scandal rocking his papacy.

Francis cited his recent letter about combatting abuse during an audience with 74 new bishops from 34 countries in the developing world. The bishops are in Rome this week to learn how to lead their dioceses.

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