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Pope battered by abuse scandal gets warm welcome in Baltics

Sep 22, 2018 - Associated Press

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) - Tens of thousands of Lithuanians lined the narrow streets of the Old Town of Vilnius and cheered Saturday as Pope Francis' popemobile passed by, an exuberant greeting that must have been welcome to a pope battered by new revelations in the Catholic Church's long-running sex abuse scandal.

The church's mounting credibility crisis was nowhere to be seen or heard on Vilnius' streets, which were filled with Lithuanians and Poles who arrived by the busload to welcome F...