Historic summit held at the Vatican by the pope

Pope Francis opened a landmark sex abuse prevention summit Thursday by offering senior Catholic leaders 21 proposals to punish predators and keep children safe.
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Overseas tonight, and to the Vatican now. Pope Francis opening a landmark summit on clear. Sexual church leaders from around the world, including the U.S., addressing the scandal that's plagued the church for decades. Tonight, what the pope did that made immediate headlines. ABC's David Wright from Rome. Reporter: One of the first big moments of this unprecedented Vatican summit was spontaneous. Pope Francis kissing the hand of a Polish survivor of sexual abuse. Speaking to bishops and cardinals summoned from around the world to address the issue, the pope said sympathetic words won't be enough to solve this crisis. "The fateful," he said, "Expect concrete and effective measures." It's the moment for pope Francis to stand up and finally do something. Some organizations move slowly, but this is ridiculous. Reporter: Phil Saviano was molested at age 11 by a catholic priest in Boston, who ultimately had 28 victims. Saviano's story, part of the "Boston globe" spotlight series that went on to inspire an oscar-winning movie. He's one of a dozen survivors invited to share their views with Vatican organizers. You feel finally heard? I do feel heard, yeah. Promises are made, but you really have to wait and see what actually happens. Reporter: He told me this is not the first time he's come here to discuss this issue, but it is the first time he felt someone in the Vatican was listening. David? David, thank you. And there is still much more

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