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Nazir Afzal, who was appointed chair of the Catholic Safeguarding Standards Agency of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales May 18, 2021. Photo courtesy of the Catholic Safeguarding Project.

In England and Wales, Catholic Church names former prosecutor to lead child protection efforts

Nazir Afzal, a prestigious Muslim barrister with a history of prosecuting gangs engaged in sexual abuse and grooming, is the... Read more

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States move to close child marriage exceptions

A growing number of states are considering bans or additional restrictions on child marriages, including in Pennsylvania, where a bill... Read more

Pope Francis May 22, 2018.

Pope Francis issues child protection laws for Vatican City State, Roman Curia

Pope Francis Friday issued new laws and guidelines on the protection of minors for those working within Vatican City State... Read more

Pope Francis at the meeting on protection of minors in the Church in the Vatican's New Synod Hall, Feb. 21, 2019.

Pope proposes 21 'reflection points' for discussion at abuse summit

Pope Francis on Thursday gave participants in a Vatican summit on protection of minors in the Church a list of... Read more

Australian state hesitates to require priests to break seal of confession

The Australian state of Victoria has said a recommendation by the royal commission that it pass a law requiring priests... Read more

Australian priests 'willing to go to jail' rather than break confessional seal

As Australian states and territories pass and consider laws requiring priests to break the seal of confession to report cases... Read more

Updated: What society can learn from the Catholic Church regarding child protection

One month after an avalanche of sexual assault accusations were lobbed against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, another Hollywood scandal broke.  Read more

Religious, secular experts unite in call to protect child safety online

In a joint declaration on the need to protect youth on the internet, leaders and experts from various fields stressed... Read more

Pope Francis and a cross during the Stations of the Cross at the Coliseum in Rome, Italy on April 3, 2015.

Pope Francis: 'painful' failures help Church lead in protecting minors

On Friday Pope Francis told a group of religious and secular experts from around the world that protecting minors against... Read more

The dome of St. Peter's Basilica.

Microsoft rep calls Catholic Church a key ally in protecting kids online

The head of Microsoft's office for online safety has said the Catholic Church is a key ally in the ongoing... Read more

Vatican recalls priest from US as child porn investigation opens

The Vatican announced Friday that after being informed by U.S. officials of a possible breach of child pornography laws on... Read more

Brutal Regensburg report hailed as step in the right direction

A member of Pope Francis' commission to protect minors says a new report on the abuse of more than 500... Read more

Cardinal Pell speaks with journalists after being charged with sexual abuse June 29, 2017.

Cardinal Pell to take leave while facing abuse charges in Australia

After Australian police announced that they have charged him on multiple counts of sexual abuse, Cardinal George Pell has maintained... Read more

Cardinal George Pell of Sydney, Australia speaks to CNA Oct. 25, 2016 in Rome.

Australian police charge top Vatican official with sexual abuse

After years of fighting allegations of sexual abuse and negligence in handling abuse cases, Cardinal George Pell, the Vatican's top... Read more

Rome conference to address safeguarding children online

An international congress in Rome this autumn will bring together experts to focus on the problem of online sexual abuse... Read more

As abuse survivor leaves, Vatican group aims to listen better to victims

After a victim who suffered past clerical abuse resigned from the Vatican's anti-abuse commission, the group is aiming for more... Read more

St. Peter's Basilica, front view.

Vatican abuse prevention event 'extremely important' for Church

On Thursday a Vatican event on the prevention of child abuse narrowed in on the importance of education in schools... Read more

How the Catholic Church in Australia aims to enhance anti-abuse efforts

In Australia, the Catholic Church has established a new independent non-profit to protect children and vulnerable adults from abuse.  Read more

US bishops support day of prayer for sex abuse victims

In light of Pope Francis' call to pray for the victims of sexual abuse, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops... Read more

Extraordinary Assembly of Synod of the Bishops on the Family, Oct. 2014.

Pope's anti-abuse commission helps train new Catholic bishops

Members of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors have been invited to address the trainings for new Catholic... Read more