2nd U.N. panel grills Vatican on abuse

Posted: May 6, 2014 at 4:34 a.m.

Archbishop Silvano M. Tomasi, Apostolic Nuncio, Permanent Observer of the Holy See (Vatican) to the Office of the United Nations in Geneva, arrives prior the UN torture committee hearing on the Vatican, at the headquarters of the office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in the Palais Wilson, in Geneva, Switzerland, Monday, May 5, 2014. The UN Committee Against Torture hearings the Holy See for the first time for consider whether the church's handling of child sexual abuse complaints has violated its obligations against subjecting minors to torture and on the Vatican on its efforts to stamp out child sex abuse by priests. (AP Photo/Keystone, Salvatore Di Nolfi)

GENEVA — The Vatican faced sharp questioning by a U.N. panel Monday about whether it had failed to abide by an international treaty against torture in its response to the sexual abuse of children by priests.

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