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The Vatican on Wednesday clarified statements by Pope Francis concerning the "sexual slavery" of nuns by a French order, saying he was referring to the abuse of power that is also present in cases of sexual abuse.

But Pope Francis has never raised the issue until he was asked to comment during a news conference aboard the papal plane returning to Rome from his trip to the United Arab Emirates.

"'It is true. there have been priests and even bishops who have done this, ' said Francis as quoted by Reuters".

The abuse of adult nuns-like the child abuse scandals rocking the church-has also been a global one. "And I think that it's continuing because it's not like once you realize it that it stops". He also noted that 800 years after St. Francis of Assisi's visit to Sultan al-Malik al-Kamil, providence wanted "a pope named Francis" to fulfill this visit. She admitted there was "great resistance" to investigating abuse claims within the church and uncovering predator priests, but added that there had initially been reluctant to address the clerical paedophilia crisis, "but that was overcome".

The Vatican, for example, launched an investigation a year ago into a small religious order in Chile after sisters reported some of their fellow nuns had been thrown out of the congregation after they brought their complaints of abuse by priests to their mother superior.

The issue hit the headlines past year after a nun accused an Indian bishop of repeatedly raping her in a case that triggered rare dissent within the country's Catholic church.

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"There are cases, usually in new congregations and in some regions more than others".

The International Union of Superiors General, which represents female Catholic religious orders around the world, denounced in November what it called the "culture of silence and secrecy" in the church that kept nuns from speaking about abuse. The abuse was "still going on, because it's not something that just goes away like that", he added. "Many complaints have been filed with the Vatican and have not been followed up", said Scaraffia, who raised the issue in the February issue of "Women Church World", a supplement distributed with the Vatican's Osservatore Romano newspaper.

Pope Benedict said that he terminated the order after being elected in 2005 "because slavery had become part of it (the religious order), even sexual slavery on the part of priests and the founder".

"I want to move forward".

In the Indian case, Bishop Franco Mulakkal was arrested on September 21 in the southern state of Kerala on suspicion of raping the nun in question 13 times between 2014 and 2016.

"He was unable to control himself... he had a split personality".

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