Around "2 percent" of clergy in the Catholic Church are paedophiles, Pope Francis has reportedly claimed.
According to the Italian La Repubblica newspaper, Pope Francis has equated abuse of children to "leprosy" which is infecting the Church and said that "about 2 percent" of priests are paedophiles, the BBC reported.
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The Vatican had so far declined to quantify the extent of clerical sexual abuse scandals in the worldwide Church
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