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'War crime' court asked to probe Vatican

An international clerical abuse survivors group is calling on Irish bishops to release secret files as it pursues the Vatican in a landmark legal action.

The group alleges the Pope and three senior cardinals in Rome "tolerated and enabled the systematic and widespread concealing of rape and child sex crimes".

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) and New York-based rights group Centre for Constitutional Rights (CCR) has lodged papers against Pope Benedict at the International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague.

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