Pope Francis delivers his speech to the crowd from the window of the apostolic palace overlooking St Peter's square during the Sunday Angelus prayer, on July 1, 2018 in Vatican. / AFP / Andreas SOLARO
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VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis has taken measures to address a spiraling sex abuse scandal in Chile, but he hasn't moved on a problem closer to home: Vatican City itself does not have policies to protect children from pedophile priests or require suspected abuse to be reported to police. Seven years after the Vatican ordered all bishops conferences around the world to develop written guidelines to prevent abuse, tend to victims, punish offenders and keep pedophiles out of the priesthood, the headquarters of the Catholic Church has no such policy.Thousands of children pass through the Vatican walls every day, touring the Vatican Museums, attending papal audiences and Masses and visiting St. Peter's Square and basilica.The promises were made five years ago, when the Vatican went before the U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child to defend its efforts to combat the global sex abuse scandal.Not surprisingly, the United Nations' committee dismissed the Vatican's argument and urged the Vatican to not only make good on protecting children inside Vatican territory but globally.
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