Inspiration for "Philomena" meets Pope Francis, says she doesn't blame Vatican for her ordeal

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Philomena Lee gives an interview at the end of a press conference in Rome, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, after her meeting with Pope Francis a day earlier and the Oscar-nominated film based on her story of trying to find a son taken from her 50 years earlier. One of the main criticisms of the Vatican in a U.N. report on sex abuse was the Holy See's failure to investigate the arbitrary placement of girls in church-run workhouses in Ireland, where their out-of-wedlock babies were taken from them and put up for adoption. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

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VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Irish woman who inspired the Oscar-nominated film "Philomena," about a mother forced to give up her son for adoption, says she doesn't blame the Vatican for her ordeal despite a damning U.N. report holding the Holy See responsible for such practices.

Philomena Lee spoke Thursday after meeting briefly with Pope Francis and screening "Philomena" for Francis' personal secretary at the Vatican.

Lee was sent to a Catholic church-run workhouse in Ireland after she got pregnant as a teenager in 1952. Her son was sent to the United States to be adopted when he was 3.

On Wednesday, a U.N. human rights committee essentially held the Vatican responsible for forced adoptions, urging it to investigate and compensate victims.

Lee said she didn't blame the Vatican and praised her papal meeting.

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