Pope Benedict XVI apologizes to abuse victims but denies wrongdoing

  • Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI greets cardinals as he leaves the St. Peter’s Basilica at the end of the Consistory on Feb. 22, 2014, in Vatican City, Vatican. (Franco Origlia/Getty Images/TNS)

ROME/MUNICH — Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI on Tuesday asked victims of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church for forgiveness but rejected allegations that he was involved in any cover-up.