‘They are uplifted by some signs of hope among US bishops –  for instance the Archbishop of Boston Cardinal Seán O’Malley (above), in a recent television interview, stating that the Vatican investigation of the US women religious was a “disaster”.’ Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty Images

I have recently returned from an 18-city speaking tour in the US, organised by the network of Church Reform movements. They impressed me. Their commit(...)

Irish clerical child abuse survivor Mark Vincent Healy (54) told Pope Francis (above) of his concerns about rates of self-harm and suicide among survivors during a meeting in the Vatican today.  Photograph: Nicola Lanese/EPA.

The second Irish clerical child abuse survivor to meet Pope Francis this morning was Dubliner Mark Vincent Healy (54). The meeting lasted for approxim(...)

Irish abuse survivors were among those meeting with Pope Francis today. File photograph: Giampiero Sposito/Reuters

Clerical child abuse survivor Marie Kane (43) has asked Pope Francis to remove Cardinal Seán Brady as Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland(...)

Pope Francis: expected to meet six clerical sex abuse survivors this morning after Mass in the Vatican. Photograph: Luca Zennaro

Pope Francis is expected to meet six clerical sex abuse survivors in the Vatican this morning. In a meeting announced by the pope himself on the papa(...)

Clerical sex abuse activist  Marie Collins, a member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, and Vatican spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi  at the Vatican on Saturday following the commission’s first meeting. Photograph: Reuters/Alessandro Bianchi

For the second time in the past five months, the Holy See will this morning find itself “in the dock” at the United Nations in Geneva when it is du(...)

Marie Collins spoke in Rome after the first meetings of the church’s new child protection body. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Clerical sex abuse campaigner Marie Collins today said that she had a “positive” feeling about the Holy See’s new child protection body, the Pontifica(...)

Abuse survivor and activist Marie Collins, who is expected to make an expert contribution, she had no idea what shape and direction the commission would take. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

The newly instituted Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors meets for the first time this morning for a three-day meeting scheduled to (...)

Boston Fire Department honor guards (R) relieve Cambridge Police honor guards at the site of one of the two bomb blasts on the one-year anniversary of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings in Boston, Massachusetts. Photograph: Dominick Reuter /Reuters

Boston began its memorials of last year’s marathon bombing attack, which killed three people and injured 264, on a quiet note today, with mayor(...)

Marie Collins: invited to become a member of the Pontifical Council for the Protection of Minors in a phone call from Rome last Friday afternoon

Abuse survivor Marie Collins, who has been appointed to the Vatican’s new Pontifical Council for the Protection of Minors, is daunted at the op(...)

Vatican insiders said  the move  indicates the level of commitment that Pope Francis wants to bring to the sex abuse issue. Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty Images

In a surprise move, the Holy See yesterday announced that Pope Francis is to assemble a panel of experts to advise him on the problem of clerical s(...)