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Pope Francis: 2% of Catholic clerics are paedophiles

Pope Francis has said he believes about 2% of clergy within the Catholic Church are paedophiles.

Pope Francis called paedophilia in the Catholic Church "intolerable". Credit: ABACA

The comments were made in an interview with Italian newspaper La Repubblica, during which he said he found the situation "intolerable" and would "tackle it with the seriousness it requires".

In the interview, the Pope says data suggests pedophilia within the Church is "at the level of two percent", and includes not just priests but "even bishops and cardinals".

"Others, more numerous, they know but they keep silent, punish, but without saying why," he added.