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US abuse victims demand action from pope

LOS ANGELES — Most Roman Catholics are rejoicing at the election of Pope Francis, but victims of clergy abuse in the United States are demanding swift and bold actions from the new Jesuit pontiff: Defrock all molester priests and the ­cardinals who covered up for them, formally apologize, and release all confidential church files.

Adding to their distrust are several multimillion dollar settlements the Jesuits paid out in recent years, including $166 million to more than 450 Native Alaskan and Native American abuse victims in 2011 for molestation at Jesuit-run schools across the Pacific Northwest.

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