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DUBLIN (CBS) – In a speech Saturday, Pope Francis expressed “pain and shame” over the sexual abuse of children by catholic priests.

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The Pope also met with eight victims of abuse in Dublin, Ireland.

Pressure on the Vatican has been rising since the release of a Pennsylvania report documenting charges that more than 300 priests abused more than 1,000 victims.

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The Pope delivered his first speech in Ireland Saturday, one of the countries hit hardest by the scandal.

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Pope Francis is set to celebrate mass on the same site Sunday morning.