Holy See: Child abuses 'heinous crimes to be eradicated from the face of the Earth' - Pope Francis


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Pope Francis closed up a landmark conference on child abuse with a statement on Sunday in Vatican City.
"I make a heartfelt appeal for an all-out battle against the abuse of minors both sexually and in other areas, on the part of all authorities and individuals, for we are dealing with heinous crimes that must be eradicated from the face of the Earth," said Francis.
He also underlined that the Catholic Church needs a "change of mentality" to fight abuses of all kinds committed by the clergy, giving priority to the victims and condemning the perpetrators.
Francis spoke after officiating a mass in front of 190 Catholic bishops who gathered to follow a landmark conference on child abuses that he called.
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