Pope Francis faced controversy on trip to Ireland

The sexual abuse crisis has taken a toll on the Catholic Church, which showed in the attendance at Pope Francis' Sunday mass in Dublin.
1:20 | 08/27/18

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I'm David Wright in Dublin and this is the spot where Pope Francis celebrated mass on Sunday the same venue. Where Pope John Paul held his open air mass a generation ago. But a lot has changed here in Ireland look at the crowd size a million people came to Pope John Paul's mass. Just a fraction of that number turned out for Pope Francis the sexual abuse crisis. In the Catholic Church has taken a serious soul here in Ireland the horrors well documented. By some estimates one in four people of a certain age suffered institutional abuse at institutions run by the Catholic Church here. The island of saints and scholars is also full of survivors. Pope Francis. Listen to them with patients this was a pilgrimage of atonement for him. And at every turn he sought to reassure them that the church is taking action and recognizes. Their pain and suffering. But many people many of the survivors told us that words are not enough they want to see the Pope. Take action. To make sure that this doesn't happen again the Pennsylvania grand jury report in the United States has reopened the wounds here people here field. That the church is still. Following old patterns and they want to see that finally come to a net. David Wright ABC news double.

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