In Germany, there are increasing calls by Catholic groups for Pope Benedict to make a statement about a growing scandal involving violence and sexual abuse. The latest chapter involves allegations of such abuse against children in a boys' choir. For more on the sex scandal, Daljit Dhaliwal speaks with Nikolaus Piper, and Deutsche Welle reports.
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In Ireland, survivors of abuse at the hands of Catholic clergy have called upon several Irish church leaders to resign, but many have refused to do so. Today, 24 Irish bishops are in Rome meeting with the Pope, trying to figure out how to respond to the victims' demands. Alan Fisher of Al Jazeera English speaks to some of Ireland's abuse survivors.