Pope Francis

Pope Francis meets victims of clerical sex abuse for the first time and asks for forgiveness on behalf of the Church.

FOX News Radio's Courtney Walsh reports from the Vatican:

Six sex abuse victims from Ireland, Germany and the UK arrived Sunday at the Pope's Vatican hotel , where they met the 77-year-old leader of the Catholic Church at dinner and celebrated mass together this morning .

The Pope asked forgiveness for "the grave crimes" committed by abusive priests. And met later with each one privately.

Vatican spokesman Father Lombardi today saying the victims and the Pope were extremely moved by the encounter.

However other abuse survivors not at the meeting complained that it was "cosmetic" and that the Vatican has not done enough to punish those who covered up the scandals.

At the Vatican, Courtney Walsh, FOX News Radio.