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Father Andrew Small, O.M.I.

The Church must do more for survivors of sexual abuse, Vatican official says

Jul 22, 2022

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The Church must do more for anyone affected by sexual abuse, “even when the Church can appear tarnished because of... Read more

Then-Archbishop Blase Cupich of Chicago at the General Audience in St. Peter's Square, Sept. 2, 2015.

'We must be humble', Cardinal Cupich says as 'Vos estis' task force begins work

Mar 5, 2020

After being named to the Vatican’s task force for the protection of minors against sexual abuse, Cardinal Blase Cupich of... Read more

St. Peter's Basilica. CNA file photo.

Vatican launches task force to implement 'Vos estis' and 2011 abuse guidelines

Feb 28, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Vatican has created a task force to help under-resourced bishops’ conferences enact guidelines on the protection of minors and... Read more

Pope Francis makes closing remarks for the Vatican abuse summit in the Sala Regia Feb. 24, 2019.

Pope Francis: Church will focus on 8 points in 'all-out battle' against abuse

Feb 24, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis Sunday outlined eight points that the Church will focus on in an “all-out battle” against the sexual abuse... Read more

Pope Francis walks in St. Peter's Square Sept. 12, 2018.

Vatican: Abuse summit to help bishops know 'what they need to do'

Jan 16, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

Just over a month ahead of the much-anticipated February meeting on sex abuse, the Vatican said the summit’s goal is... Read more

Fr. Hans Zollner.

February meeting on abuse to have 'synodal dimension,' child protection expert says

Nov 23, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

The approach of Pope Francis’ meeting of bishops in February, on the topic of abuse prevention in the Church, will... Read more

Australian bishops oppose forcing priests to reveal details of confession

Aug 14, 2017

By Elise Harris

The bishops of Australia have indicated that they will resist the Royal Commission's proposal that priests be legally obligated to... 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

St. Peter's Basilica, front view.

Vatican abuse prevention event 'extremely important' for Church

Mar 23, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

Pope Francis at the general audience in St. Peter's Square April 13, 2016.

Pope kicks off new year renewing 'zero tolerance' policy on abuse

Jan 2, 2017

By Elise Harris

In a letter sent to bishops around the world for the feast of the Holy Innocents, Pope Francis lamented the... Read more

Pope greets graduates of Rome course on protecting minors from abuse

Jun 14, 2016

By Ann Schneible

The first graduates of an international diploma course on safeguarding minors received a special greeting from Pope Francis, who encouraged... Read more

US bishops find widespread compliance in abuse prevention audit

May 20, 2016

In their annual report on nationwide measures for the protection of minors, the U.S. bishops found extensive diocesan cooperation with... 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

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday general audience on May 28, 2014.

Pope to Church leaders: 'scourge' of minor sex abuse must stop

Feb 5, 2015

By Elise Harris

Pope Francis has sent a letter to religious superiors and presidents of episcopal conferences, asking for their full cooperation in... 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

Fr. Hans Zollner, S.J. speaks with CNA in Rome, March 25, 2014.

Protection of minors a priority for Pope, commission member says

Mar 31, 2014

By Elise Harris

A German priest and psychologist recently appointed to the new Vatican commission for the protection of minors has stated that... Read more

Fr. Federico Lombardi speaks about Pope Benedict XVIs resignation on Feb.11, 2013

Vatican: UN oversteps its boundaries in report conclusions

Feb 7, 2014

By Elise Harris

In a statement released by the Vatican, Fr. Federico Lombardi criticized the UN Child Protection Committee for their tone and... Read more

St. Peter's Square.

Vatican official slams 'negative approach' of UN report

Feb 5, 2014

By Elise Harris

In wake of the U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child criticizing Vatican policies and calling for the Church... Read more

Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley, O.F.M. Cap, at a Dec. 5, 2013 press conference in the Vatican

Vatican launches new commission for the protection of minors

Dec 5, 2013

By Elise Harris

Earlier today, Pope Francis accepted the proposal for a new commission which will advise him on the protection of children... Read more