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Letter: Pope's visit brings needed openness on abuse

Pope Francis speaks during the flight back to

Pope Francis speaks during the flight back to Rome and the Vatican on Sept. 28, 2015. He characterized the welcome from New York City as "exuberant." Credit: Getty Images / Tony Gentile

I'm grateful to Pope Francis for his apology and acknowledgment of sexual abuse by church clergy [" 'God weeps,' " News, Sept. 28]. This was so long awaited by many in the church.

I feel that Pope Francis is one of the best men that the church has seen. I am glad he is going to take strong actions to make sure the abuse stops. He restores my faith that the church can be a source of comfort and place of worship for the people.

Marion Sierra, Bellmore

I want to take this opportunity to thank Newsday for the wonderful coverage of Pope Francis. The insert, "Pope Francis in America" [News, Sept. 28], was the culmination of your many days of complete and noteworthy coverage.

As a Catholic, I'm grateful for such a fine and total synopsis in a local, nondenominational newspaper. You did a yeoman's job!

Mary Kenney, Williston Park