Nuns 'sex slaves' scandal fresh blow to Catholic church

A nun prays in a church. Pope Francis has acknowledged the abuse of nuns by priests and bishops and admitted some of them had been used as 'sex slaves'. FILE PHOTO | AFP

What you need to know:

  • The nuns scandal broke as the Catholic church has had to contend with a wave of cases involving paedophile priests in countries worldwide from Ireland and the United States to Australia.

  • Reports of such abuse are known to have been made from Chile to the Democratic Republic of Congo, Italy, India, Kenya, Peru and the Ukraine.

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