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Rome police detain US abuse victims

ROME (AP) -- Four American victims of clergy sexual abuse say they were detained and questioned by police after showing photos of the pope during a news conference outside St. Peter's Square.

Barbara Blaine, one of the abuse survivors, said after emerging from a police station near the Vatican Thursday that officers told them that a judge will determine if there will be charges.

She says they were detained because they didn't have a permit for the outdoor news conference. Blaine added police seemed most concerned because they displayed photos of Pope Benedict XVI and his top aide, Italian Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone.

Blaine says police took their posters with slogans like "stop the secrecy." Victims say the Vatican ordered a stop to a church trial of a priest who abused 200 deaf children in Wisconsin.

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