Vatican: Cardinals Meeting

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NPR's Sylvia Poggioli reports from Rome on today's opening of an extraordinary two-day meeting between Pope John Paul II and American cardinals on the sex abuse scandal rocking the Roman Catholic Church in the United States. The pontiff made his strongest statement to date on sex abuse by priests and apologized to victims and their families. American cardinals urged greater participation of the laity in church matters and spoke frankly with reporters about the issue of homosexuals in the priesthood.

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