Pope Francis

Pope Francis, for the first time, said the sexual abuse of nuns by bishops and priests was a problem in the Catholic Church. Francis made the comments on his flight back to Rome after he spent a few days visiting the United Arab Emirates. Francis said the Vatican had “been working on this for some time” and had “suspended some clerics, sent them away for this” and “dissolved” some orders of nuns “that were very tied up in this, a corruption.” This comes as the church continues to grapple with child sex abuse by priests. While in the UAE, Francis celebrated the first papal Mass in the Arabian Peninsula.