Philomena Lee, the real-life Irish woman whose life story is the center of the Oscar-nominated film "Philomena," met Pope Francis on Wednesday (Feb. 5). Photo courtesy of Philomena Project

Philomena Lee meets Pope Francis

VATICAN CITY (RNS) “There is no way I could have ever imagined it,” Philomena Lee said after meeting Pope Francis. Asked if she felt resentment against the church, Lee said “You can’t go through life being so unyielding; you got to forgive.”

The United Nations headquarters in New York.

UN panel blasts Vatican for sex abuse policies

“The Committee is gravely concerned that the Holy See has not acknowledged the extent of the crimes committed, has not taken the necessary measures to address cases of child sexual abuse and to protect children, and has adopted policies and practices which have led to the continuation of the abuse by and the impunity of the perpetrators,” the report said.