U2's Bono says pope's 'aghast' about church sex abuse

U2 frontman Bono described Pope Francis as being "aghast" about sex abuse in the Catholic Church.

The Irish singer meet privately with Francis on Wednesday at the Vatican hotel where the pope lives, to discuss themes including that Bono told reporters included "the wild beast that is capitalism" and sustainable development.

Bono said that because Francis visited Ireland recently, they spoke about the pontiff's "feelings about what has happened in the church." The Irish church's reputation is stained by cases of pedophile priests and systematic abuse cover-ups.

Bono said he told Francis how it looks to some that abusers are more protected than victims and "you can see the pain in his face, and I felt he was sincere."

Francis is under pressure to reveal what he knew about abusers.

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