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Pope Benedict XVI blesses the faithful Nov. 6 as he leaves St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican aboard a mobile platform at the end of a Vespers ceremony. Pope Benedict XVI insisted Nov. 26 that all of society's institutions, and not just the Catholic church, must be held to "exacting" standards in their response to sex abuse of children, and defended the church's efforts to confront the problem.

Report: Sexual abuse rampant in Dutch Catholic institutions

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THE HAGUE, Netherlands -- As many as 20,000 children endured sexual abuse at Dutch Catholic institutions over the past 65 years, and church officials failed to adequately address it or help the victims, according to a long-awaited investigative report released Friday.

The findings detailed some of the most widespread abuse yet linked to the Roman Catholic Church, which has been under fire for years over abuse allegations in Europe, the United States and elsewhere.

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