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Pope Francis wants seminarians to read this letter from a clerical abuse survivor

Oct 20, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

The letter urges them to ‘Please be a good priest.’ Read more

Fernando Karadima

Fernando Karadima, former priest whose sex abuse scandal rocked Chile, dead at 90

Jul 26, 2021

By Kevin J. Jones

Fernando Karadima, an influential former priest in Chile whose sexual abuse of minors prompted major questions about episcopal cover-ups, has... Read more

Fr. Andrew Small, O.M.I.

Pope Francis names new secretary of Vatican safeguarding commission

Jun 22, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Fr. Andrew Small succeeds Msgr. Robert Oliver as secretary for the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors. Read more

Msgr. Robert Oliver, then secretary of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, in Rome, July 11, 2019.

American priest reveals communication ‘mix-up’ about end of Vatican job

Apr 6, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

Msgr. Robert Oliver has said that due to a “mix-up,” he was not told in advance that his service on... Read more

Juan Carlos Cruz attends the red carpet of the movie Francesco during the 15th Rome Film Festival on October 21, 2020 in Rome, Italy.

Pope Francis appoints Juan Carlos Cruz to pontifical commission for protecting minors

Mar 24, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis has appointed Juan Carlos Cruz, a Chilean survivor of clerical sex abuse, to the Pontifical Commission for the... Read more

Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Boston meets with Pope Francis at the Vatican, April 19, 2018.

Cardinal O’Malley: Listening to abuse survivors is crucial

Sep 10, 2018

In an interview with Vatican News on Sunday, Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston said Church leaders must listen to abuse... Read more

Marie Collins, former member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, speaks at a panel at the 2018 World Meeting of Families.

Write ‘zero-tolerance’ into canon law says abuse survivor

Aug 24, 2018

By Christine Rousselle

Canon law should be re-written to institute a global zero-tolerance policy against priests who commit sexual abuse, a clerical abuse... Read more

Safeguarding commission member: bishops' role in crisis must be acknowledged

Aug 21, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

A member of Pope Francis’ commission for the protection of minors said Tuesday that the role bishops and superiors have... Read more

Cardinal Sean O'Malley.

Pope reappoints O’Malley to head further work of safeguarding commission

Feb 17, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

On Saturday the Vatican announced that Pope Francis has reconfirmed Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston as head of the Pontifical... Read more

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square June 17, 2015.

Pope reiterates Church’s ‘zero tolerance’ on abuse of minors

Sep 21, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

Thursday in a written speech Pope Francis reiterated the Catholic Church’s commitment to the protection of minors from sexual abuse,... Read more

Rome conference to address safeguarding children online

May 31, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

St. Peter's Basilica.

Protection of minors event draws swath of top Vatican leaders

Mar 24, 2017

By Elise Harris

In a significant show of unity, officials from every Vatican department – including at least half a dozen cardinals who... Read more

View of St. Peter's Basilica.

Abuse survivor resigns from commission for protection of minors

Mar 1, 2017

By Elise Harris

On Wednesday the decision of clerical abuse survivor Marie Collins to resign from her post on the Pontifical Commission for... Read more

The new website for the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors.

Vatican's anti-abuse commission launches new website

Dec 6, 2016

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors launched a new website Tuesday, which is designed to help inform the... Read more

Cardinal George Pell, prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy, says Mass at the St. Lorenzo Youth Centre in Rome, Jan. 30, 2015.

Australian bishops stress Cardinal Pell’s determination to fight sex abuse

Jun 4, 2015

A group of Australian bishops have emphasized Cardinal George Pell’s record of leadership against clergy sex abuse following critical news... Read more

St. Peters Square.

Statutes for Vatican commission on protection of minors released

May 8, 2015

By Elise Harris

After meeting for the first time as a complete entity in February, the Vatican Commission for the Protection of Minors... Read more

St. Peter holds the keys in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican.

Pope Francis strengthens commission for the protection of minors

Dec 17, 2014

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Pope Francis appointed eight new members of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors on Wednesday, completing the ranks... Read more

St. Peter's Square.

Curia reform advances as cardinals, minors protection group meet

Sep 18, 2014

By Andrea Gagliarducci

As Pope Francis' council of cardinals for curia reform gather this week in Rome, the newly-created Pontifical Commission for Protection... Read more

St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City.

Pope's appointment may signal advances in new abuse office

Sep 11, 2014

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Pope Francis’ latest appointment to a commission designed to fight sexual abuse of minors may have an effect in shaping... Read more

Fr. Robert W. Oliver. Courtesy of Archdiocese of Boston.

Child protection is 'gospel priority' for Church, Pope Francis

Sep 10, 2014

By Kevin J. Jones, Alan Holdren

The protection of minors from sexual abuse is a number one priority for Pope Francis, says the new secretary of... Read more