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Letters From Abuse Survivors Left At Vatican

ROME - Survivors of clergy sex abuse have left letters on the Vatican's doorstep after being barred by police from protesting Sunday in St. Peter's Square.

A leader of the group of some 100 protesters then met with Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi, who earlier had retreated to his office when a protester shouted "Shame! Shame!" in Italian.

The protest was meant to show abuse survivors worldwide that they're not alone. Bernie McDaid of Boston, who met with Pope Benedict when the pontiff visited the U.S. in 2008, denounced what he says is a continuing "cover-up in the hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church."

McDaid said he and other survivors want the United Nations to designate systematic sexual abuse of children as a crime against humanity.

    
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