Pope meets with abuse victims as thousands protest

Pope Benedict XVI wipes his face as he conducts a mass in Westminster Cathedral in London, Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010. Pope Benedict XVI is on a four-day visit, the first ever state visit by a Pope to Britain. Pope Benedict XVI said Saturday he was ashamed of the "unspeakable" sexual abuse of children by priests, telling the British faithful during Mass in Westminster Cathedral that he was deeply sorry and hoped the church's humiliation would help victims heal. Benedict also said he hoped the church would be able to use its contrition to purify itself from the "sins" of its ministers and be able to renew its commitment to educating the young. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, Pool)

September 18, 2010 6:16:31 PM PDT
Pope Benedict XVI apologized Saturday to five people who were molested by priests as children in his latest effort to defuse the sex abuse crisis shaking his church, as thousands of people angered at the Vatican's response marched in central London in the biggest protest of his 5-year papacy.