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Cardinal Luis Ladaria, now the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, at a Vatican press conference, Sept. 8, 2015.

Vatican issues manual for bishops on handling reports of sexual abuse of minors

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issued Thursday a manual to help bishops and dioceses follow Church procedure... Read more

St. Peter's Basilica. CNA file photo.

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

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 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

A press briefing on the Vatican child abuse summit held at the Patristic Institute Augustinianum, Feb. 24, 2019.

Vatican abuse summit follow-up decides to hold more follow-ups

On Monday, in the Vatican’s first follow-up to last week’s child abuse summit, officials emphasized “encounter” and the need for... 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

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

Cardinal Reinhard Marx speaks at a Vatican press conference Feb. 23, 2019.

Cardinal Marx: Transparency is decisive in the credibility of the Church

Cardinal Reinhard Marx said Saturday that administration and transparency will be key to rebuilding the trustworthiness and credibility of the... Read more

Sara Oviedo speaks at a rally for abuse victims in Rome's Piazza del Popolo Feb. 23, 2019.

Pennsylvania lawmaker speaks at abuse victim rally in Rome

Pennsylvania State Rep. Mark Rozzi spoke during a rally held by victim advocacy groups in Rome’s city center Saturday, saying... Read more

Cardinal Blase Cupich with Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square, Sept. 2, 2015.

Cardinal Cupich lays out framework for bishops' accountability

The Church needs to establish a new rules and standards for the accountability of bishops regarding sex abuse and its... Read more

Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Bombay speaks at a Vatican press conference, Oct. 22, 2015.

Cardinal Gracias emphasizes collegiality to address sex abuse

Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Bombay called Friday for the “entire Church” to “act decisively to prevent abuse from occurring in... Read more

Cardinal Blase Cupich during a press briefing at the Vatican abuse summit.

Analysis: In spite of itself, Vatican abuse summit may still do some good

The Vatican’s abuse summit this week will not solve the problems plaguing the Catholic Church in the U.S. In fact,... Read more

Participants at the Vatican abuse summit brief the media on Feb. 21, 2019.

Tagle: Confront the 'stench of filth' caused by abuse

An expert on abuse prevention offered “practical suggestions” to participants at a Vatican summit on child sexual abuse on Thursday,... 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

Pope Francis in the synod hall of the Vatican Oct. 3, 2018.

Francis opens abuse summit with call for 'concrete measures'

At the start of the Vatican’s sex abuse summit Thursday, Pope Francis pointed to expectations for the meeting to produce... Read more

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

Pope Francis asks for prayers ahead of Vatican abuse summit

Pope Francis Sunday asked for prayers for a meeting of the presidents of bishops’ conferences around the world slated to... Read more

The dome of St. Peter's Basilica.

Analysis: As abuse summit looms, Farrell appointed and McCarrick case lingers

As Pope Francis prepares for his long-awaited Vatican summit on sexual abuse, Catholic commentators and U.S. bishops are waiting to... Read more