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Former Pope Benedict “heartfelt request for forgiveness”

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Former Pope Benedict has pushed back at claims he was aware a priest under his rule was abusing children, while also seeking forgiveness

The 94-year-old was the first Pope in centuries to stand down from the position, with his tenure overshadowed by the then-growing global sexual abuse scandal.

Benedict has come under fire again recently following the release of a Church-commissioned report into abuse by the Catholic clergy in Germany.

The findings reveal Benedict had been informed about four cases of child sexual abuse during his time as Archbishop of Germany between 1977 and 1982, but failed to act.

The report documents an alleged meeting whereby Benedict was informed about one of the abusers.

But while the former Pope admits he was at the meeting… he denies he was made aware the priest present was an abuser.

In a letter, Benedict says:

“Once again I can only express to all the victims of sexual abuse my profound shame, my deep sorrow and my heartfelt request for forgiveness.”

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Over 20 young people mysteriously die at nightclub

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Authorities in South Africa are investigating the deaths of 22 people, who were mysteriously found in a nightclub

Victims were found spread across the tables and floors in a coastal town.

They have been taken for testing, as authorities scramble to find a cause of death.

South Africa’s President is sending his “deepest condolences” to families of the victims, most of whom are teenagers.

The tragedy has taken place during Youth Month, where South Africa pushes for more opportunities to help young people from poor socio-economic backgrounds.

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Deadly stadium collapse at bullfighting event in Columbia

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At least four people have died, and 500 injured at a bullfighting stadium in Columbia

Videos show a stand collapsing during the event, as emergency workers race to help.

Local media reports that hospitals have begun helping those who were injured.

The nation’s newly-elected President is calling for an end to bullfighting, tweeting that tragedies like this have already happened in the past.

He is urging local authorities to not allow more shows that involve the death of people or animals.

Investigations continue into the cause of the collapse.

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Major disruption in Sydney as climate protesters take to the streets

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There’s been major disruption across Sydney, as climate protesters take to the streets and block CBD roads

NSW Police officers chased dozens of climate protesters who were seen throwing milk crates, and barricades.

One demonstrator blocked the entry to one of the busiest thoroughfares in the city.

Members from Blockade Australia kicked off the rally by attempting to stop flowing traffic by dragging rubbish bins, construction barriers and building material into the middle of the road.

The Sydney Harbour Tunnel has now reopened but the organisation says it will hold more protests this week.

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