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Real-life Philomena asks Pope for forgiveness

Thursday, February 06, 2014 - 01:03

Feb. 6 - Eighty-year-old Philomena Lee, whose story was turned into the Academy Award-nominated ''Philomena,'' asks Pope Francis for forgiveness. Gavino Garay reports.

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It's a story so moving it became an Academy Award nominated motion picture. 80-year-old Irish woman Philomena Lee had her son taken from her in the 1950 when she was an unwed teenager. He was adopted, and later died in the United States. For years, she tried desperately to find him. Tens of thousands of unwed Irish Catholics were forced to give up their babies at that time. On Thursday, she asked the Pope for forgiveness at the Vatican. SOUNDBITE (English) IRISH WOMAN PHILOMENA LEE, SAYING: "It was such a contrast. I felt so forgiven. All them years ago it was such an awful sin to have a baby out of wedlock. But yesterday I felt all my sins had been, you know [forgiven]. He [Pope Francis] really made me feel that they were going to do something about it. He made me feel so good inside, because I carried the guilt for 50 years without telling anybody. Her story was turned into the movie "Philomena," starring Steve Coogan as the journalist who helped search for Lee's son.

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Real-life Philomena asks Pope for forgiveness

Thursday, February 06, 2014 - 01:03