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Japan Catholic Church to start sex abuse investigation

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The Catholic Church in Japan is getting ready to examine allegations of sexual abuse against minors by its priests, comprising of accusations from 20 years ago, among widening pedophilia scandals.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference in Japan stated on Thursday that it has made a committee for each district however details of an examination haven’t been decided.

The conference stated that the surveys found two reported cases in 2002 and five in 2015, which weren’t unveiled or verified. It said they will be retroactively investigated.

The conclusion comes after Pope Francis assembles a bishops’ summit in February to press responses to global scandals.

He is anticipated to stopover Japan in November in the first papal visit to the country since John Paul II in 1981.

Japan’s Catholic community is about 440,000, or 0.3 percent of the population.

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