Pope Francis exchanges his skull cap with a little girl (not seen) during his weekly general audience at St Peter's square on June 10, 2015 at the Vatican. AFP PHOTO / FILIPPO MONTEFORTE
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Pope Francis Wednesday approved an unprecedented Vatican department to judge bishops accused of covering up or not preventing sexual abuse of minors, meeting a key demand by victims' groups.The complaints against the bishops would be initially investigated by one of three Vatican departments, depending on under whose jurisdiction the bishops fall, before being judged by the doctrinal department.Last February, Francis ordered bishops the world over to cooperate as a matter of priority with the commission to root out "the scourge" of the sexual abuse even if it unearths new scandals.
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