Returning from his first papal visit to the Arabian Peninsula, Pope Francis confirmed Tuesday that clergy members' abuse of nuns has been so severe that it even reached the point of "sexual slavery" in one female French congregation, which was subsequently dissolved in 2005 by his predecessor Benedict XVI, CBS News reports.
Pope Francis makes historic Middle East visit
Pope Francis arrived in the United Arab Emirates on Sunday, becoming the first pontiff to visit the Arabian Peninsula, the birthplace of Islam, amid efforts by the Vatican to promote tolerance and peace with the Muslim world.
Why it matters: The pope's visit comes as the UAE has backed a Saudi Arabian-led coalition in Yemen's civil war, exacerbating a dire humanitarian crisis, though the New York Times notes that Francis is not likely to mention Yemen publicly. His trip will focus heavily on the Emirates' commitment to religious tolerance in the region, which has seen Christians persecuted for their faith in recent decades.