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pope Francis on Tuesday for the first time publicly admitted that nuns had been abused by Catholic priests and bishops some of whom had to use the women as sex slaves no name a close second book the final Paloma it's not something that everyone does seven there been priests and even bishop to have done and I think it is still taking place because it's not as though the moment you become aware of something it goes away , speaking to reporters on the papal plane the pope said he was committed to fighting the problem is just the latest scandal confronting his papacy and the Roman Catholic Church a global outcry over sexual abuse of children by the clergy has already led to the suspension of some high profile priests from Chile to Pennsylvania recently more nuns encouraged by the me too movement have been coming forward to describe abuse at the hands of priests and bishops last year the International Union of superiors general which represents more than five hundred thousand Catholic nuns Orge their members to do so he delivered a budget something more be done yes IBM and we have the well see yes but it's a pattern that we've been on for some time Francis said his predecessor pope Benedict was forced to shut down an entire congregation of nuns who were being abused by priests but he did not name the group but the Vatican spokesman said it was a French order the pope on Tuesday added that women were still treated as second class citizens and more needed to be done to end mistreatment , remarks came as he returned from the United Arab Emirates making history as the first pontiff to set foot in the Reagan peninsula