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Child-rights panel grills Vatican

Sex-abuse prosecution a local matter, U.N. questioners told

Posted: January 17, 2014 at 3:05 a.m.

Vatican's UN Ambassador Monsignor Silvano Tomasi, left, speaks with Former Vatican Chief Prosecutor of Clerical Sexual Abuse Charles Scicluna, right, prior to the start of a questioning over clerical sexual abuse of children at the headquarters of the office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, OHCHR, in Geneva, Switzerland, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014. The Vatican came under blistering criticism from a U.N. committee Thursday for its handling of the global priest sex abuse scandal, facing its most intense public grilling ever over allegations that it protected pedophile priests at the expense of victims. (AP Photo/Keystone, Martial Trezzini)

GENEVA — The Vatican drew blistering criticism from a U.N. committee Thursday for its handling of the global sex-abuse scandal, facing its most intense public grilling to date over allegations that it protected pedophile priests at the expense of victims.

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