Pope Benedict XVI has met alleged victims of Church sex abuse at the end of his visit to Malta.
The latest wave of scandals has overshadowed his two day trip to the deeply Catholic island.
After speaking with a group of people who said they had been abused, the Pope promised the Church would do “all in its power” to bring the guilty to justice and protect the young.
“He listened to us. He told me, I am very proud of you, and I will pray for you to have the courage to tell your story,” said an emotional Lawrence Grech, one of those who met Benedict.
“I hope this experience is going to be a change in my life. You know, to be able to go to my daughter and say I believe.”
The Pope has held similar meetings in the United States and Australia. In Malta, the Vatican said he expressed “his shame and sorrow over what victims and their families had suffered.”