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Sixty people report abuses by priests

A Swiss abbot says 60 people have reported being victims of abuse by Catholic priests in Switzerland.

Abbot Martin Werlen of the Benedictine Abbey of Einsiedeln told Swiss daily Aargauer Zeitung that the allegations were reported to the Swiss Bishops Conference, which is investigating them.

Werlen did not say in the interview published on Saturday where or when the alleged cases occurred.

Werlen and the bishops conference could not immediately be reached for comment.

His statement was the latest report of abuse by Catholic clergy or church employees in Europe, which has recently seen fresh allegations of sexual and physical abuse in Germany, the Netherlands and Austria.

swissinfo.ch and agencies


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