Maine diocese plans day of prayer, repentance

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PORTLAND — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland will hold a day of prayer and repentance Friday, Sept. 14, to include a special mass at 12:15 p.m. at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on Congress Street.

The event is in response to recent revelations about past sexual abuse in other dioceses, particularly in Pennsylvania. “The day will serve as an opportunity for reparation for the sins and crimes of bishops in failing to protect our young,” the diocese said in a press release.

The diocese implemented its Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People in 2002 and since then it has been “in full compliance as it works diligently to ensure a safe environment for all young people,” the press release said.

The diocese encouraged anyone who may have information about any case of sexual abuse of a minor by a church representative to contact civil authorities and Michael Magalski, director of the office of professional responsibility, at 321-7836 or michael.magalski@portlanddiocese.org.

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